EVERYTHING SHOULD BE UNDER THE SUN...
NO New Nuclear Weapons... NO New Nuclear Targets... NO New Pretexts For Nuclear War... NO Nuclear Testing...
NO Star Wars... NO Weapons In Space...
NO All Types Of Weapons, War & War Culture...
We have only one WORLD yet! If we destroy it, where else will we go?

Masks and Action Heroes

A New Exhibit by
Julie MARDIN 

at manhattantheatresource
May 8 – June 15, 2003

This exhibit uses costume masks as its starting point, masks of our political figures and our political symbols, that are modeled or played with by dolls, toy soldiers and action heroes.

 

The work does not comment so much on the people the masks represent as much as the nature of the media and public personas, and the mystery that lies behind power.

The masks are just part of the general stage-like feeling of news as it is reported to us, as well as the unreal, video-game-like nature of our conception of war, the complete divorcing of our bombs from the reality of the destruction that they wreak.  Superheroes play with a beach ball as a woman works to de-mine a field, a rainbow is hauled into a field strewn with corpses, a soldier extends a lollipop to a Hindu Goddess, all try to deal with the dislocation of our sense of reality, and to juxtapose our somewhat humorous pop culture with the loftiness of our rhetoric, and the loftiness of our rhetoric with what could be its gruesome outcome. 

This work grows out of earlier themes dealing with violent toys and the belief that we can get a pretty good picture of our society by studying its toy store shelves, and the fanciful way in which violence and all the latest in military gadgetry is marketed to children.  From photomontage, I have moved on to use the scanner and Photoshop to digitally manipulate these miniatures.  Recent world events, and the postures of our leaders, led to the idea that masks would be the perfect extension of the toy metaphor in illustrating adult struggles.  Amidst “Powellpoint presentations” and tail-wagging the dog news stories, as the Freedom of Information Act is curtailed, satellite photos are now forbidden for sale to commercial outlets, and government whistleblowers are to be treated as criminals, in short, as our independent sources of news verification are increasingly under attack, the work asks the simple question of, what is really behind the faces in the newspapers, on the TV?  What are these people who are our politicians’ real motivation?   What is behind the theater that is our daily world?



The works will be exhibited, appropriately enough, at the site of an Off-Broadway theater and resource center for actors, playwrights, and theater-goers, the manhattantheatresource. The dates of the show will be from May 8 - June 15, 2003, and there will be a reception on Friday, May 16, from 4-7 pm.

 

manhattantheatresource is located at
177 MacDougal Street, NYC 10011
(between 8th Street & Washington Square Park)
Best Viewing Hours are between Noon – 7pm, 7 days a week

(212) 260-4698

Co-presented by The Moon and Stars Project

 For more information please contact> juliemardin@earthlink.net

   
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