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Artists Using Film, from Dali to Mills
Posted June 16, 2011 to photo album "Artists Using Film, from Dali to Mills"
Mike Mills, the writer/director of Beginners, started as graphic artists. Many other artists have turned to film to expand and evolve their vision.
The Artist Takes on Moving "Pictures": Cindy Sherman
One of artist photographer Sherman’s most noted early works was a series called Untitled Film Stills, which feature the artist herself in a series of poses and situations that look like snaps from lost B-movies. The work is witty, mysterious and intelligently critical in its deconstruction of media-constructed female identity. So, when it came time to do a movie, Sherman selected a genre in which female identity is observed, leered at, and mutilated: the serial killer movie. Office Killer starred John Hughes leading lady Molly Ringwald in a satirical shocker recalling films like The Honeymoon Killers. The movie, however, was poorly received, leaving most critics searching for the visual wit of her photography. David Salle also faltered in his debut, adapting a Howard Korder play, Search and Destroy, a mordant satire of the film business. “Rampant cynicism is its subject, and the film itself may be an object lesson in that regard,” wrote Janet Maslin in the New York Times.