Tuesday, 15 December 2015

“Arthur Mole’s ‘living portraits’, easily mistaken for small-town pansy decorations, are composed with bodies: ‘The Human Liberty Bell’ is concocted with the bodies of 15,000 soldiers; ‘A Living Portrait of Woodrow Wilson’, with his signature hairline and small spectacles, constructed from a crowd of 25,000 men. If these pictures have a palette, it is a logic of Caucasian biology and codified dress. The mutations of hat (on/off), hair (dark/light), shirt (white/black), skin (white). I search for a black face among the organised crowds; occasionally, I think I find one—but it’s only a hat’s shadow.” Izabella Scott • American Suburb X

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