Thursday, 24 March 2011

Bite 82: Keith Haring - Elvis, n.d

Elvis, n.d, sumi ink and gold paint on Elvis poster, 97 x 67 cm
A post of Elvis has been painted over in black, signifying death (Haring more often used white paint). 

There is no person here - only an image. Made meaningless and stripped of humanity by overexposure and reproduction. We see a created entity - man-cum-commodity. The immortal clichéd image that is Elvis Presley

A religious icon of the most iconic of celebrities, he appears to weep, as a Blessed statue of St. Mary would - frozen in stone, dripping in bloody tears.

Currently on view in the exhibition Figuratively Speaking: A Survey of the Human Form at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, Las Vegas.