Deadpan (Steve McQueen, 1997)
Turner Prize-winning artist Steve McQueen—now best known for his feature films, Hunger, Shame, and 12 Years a Slave—put himself in the line of fire in Deadpan (1997), a restaging of Buster Keaton’s falling house gag from Steamboat Bill Jr. McQueen does more than remake the stunt; his presence as a black man transforms the work into a commentary on race relations and the precariousness of the black experience.
thanks for the raw material chanel..
life without chanel,
means one should always channel chanel..
"channel" _ 9" w x 12" h _ collage on bristol_ 4.8.14
Kevin Beasley, Untitled (Jumped Man), 2014 (installation view, Whitney Biennial 2014, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, March 7–May 25, 2014). Collection of the artist. Photograph by Bill Orcutt
"Installed in direct relationship to their architectural container, often on the floor directly in the viewers path, Beasley’s objects make use of - and continue to look like - biological matter, geological debris, and organic waste. Their near life size renders them anthropomorphic, yet these are disconcertingly truncated, compressed forms. They are at once nonhuman and human-like —- distinct from the viewer’s body, yet threatening and dissolving that boundry all the while.
-Thomas J. Lax, “Hole: A Way In,” 2014 Whitney Biennial Catalogue