Saturday, October 06, 2007

Mark Morrisroe at Clampart Gallery

Self Portrait at Home with Diane Arbus, 1985, Gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 inches

Working with large print formats and polaroids, Morrisroe (1959-1989) made "trash" art out of narcissism. Though the experimental self-portraits are defiant and absorbing, the photographs of his lover Jonathan Piersman are delicate and lyrical. I also like very much a portrait of a nude woman in front of a dark doorway. The play of light and shadow across her sculptural body is beautiful. Unfortunately, I cannot find the image on the gallery website. Morrisroe died at the age of thirty of Aids-related complications.

Self Portrait in Drag (polaroid #86), 1980, Polaroid print (unique), 4.25 x 3.25 inches, sheet

Jonathan (Jack Pierson), May 1, 1982, Chromogenic print, 20 x 16 inches, sheet, 15 x 15 inches, image

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