An art exhibit of mugshots from over 70 Hollywood celebs / musicians/ and politicians is on display at the Arclight cinemas in Hollywood.
It’s a really cool concept and something definitely worth checking out. Best of all… it’s FREE!
On display will be cool artistic takes on the mugshots of Lindsay Lohan, Nicole Richie, Charlie Sheen, and many more all by artist Rachel Schmeidler.
Here’s from the official release;
Los Angeles, CA – Communist political leaders and revolutionaries appear side by side with Hollywood celebrities, not in Joseph McCarthy’s worst nightmare, but rather on the walls of the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood. Artist Rachel Schmeidler’s exhibit opens March 4th and features mixed media mug shots on paper of various celebrities, musicians, and politicians. The exhibit will run through April 28, 2010.
“Hollywood Most Wanted + Co.” is an original, darkly humorous, and at times upsetting take on American culture. Mug shots of entertainers and politicians captured at their lowest moments are released by law enforcement and Schmeidler, combining new imaging technology with silk screening techniques, restores them to their full glamour.
Charlie Sheen stares at us from a stark hot pink background, eyes piercing with venom. A glorified Paris Hilton gazes out beautifully with her not so innocent stare. Vladimir Lenin peers darkly from a crimson background, bringing to mind the communist hammer and sickle. Trotsky, Castro and Stalin join Lenin alongside American politicians such as former Senator Larry Craig, Rush Limbaugh and James Traficant, all in a vibrant array of colors and inky blacks. In a clever move, Elvis, Jimi Hendrix, James Brown and many more all do star turns on the exhibits’ rock’n roll “hall of shame”.
Raised in Germany, Schmeidler considers this show an expression of her fascination with American pop culture. “Political pundits cast aspersions on candidates and incumbents by labeling their policies and beliefs ‘communist’ or ‘socialist,’” explains Schmeidler about her motivation for this series. “I have noticed many of these exchanges recently and wanted to bring them to light in a humorous way by placing them here alongside Hollywood celebs and musicians. We are all ultimately the same before the flash of the mug shot bulb.” Schmeidler came to the US in her teens and still retains something of the objectivity and fascination of an outsider as she combines the discernment of a cultural critic with the artists’ expressive palette. As of this date, she has transformed over 80 mug shots into works of art.
More information about the artwork including a complete list of subjects and purchasing information is available at www.hollywoodmostwanted.com
. The Arclight Hollywood is located at 6360 W. Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles. The exhibit is located on all three floors and is open to the public for free of charge.
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