The Disciples/James and Other Apes
July 9, 2008, 5:43 am
Filed under: Art, Photography

James Mollison
June 12th – August 16th, 2008
Hasted Hunt
529 West 20th St., 3rd Fl. New York, NY

This show was great on several levels; the photography was beautiful, the content of each body of work was interesting, and the juxtaposition of the two series in the same room added a funny twist

The Disciples is a series of photos taken outside of concerts, of fans of various artists. The top image above is of Klaxons fans. The middle image is of Jimmy Buffet fans. Also included were fans of Marilyn Manson, P. Diddy, Rod Stewart, Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton, and others.

What resulted was a strange classification of radically different types of people, each forming a group identity through clothes and posture. The large size and amazing detail in the images, combined with the subjects’ straight-forward gazes, is confrontational. The frame and the white background distances the subjects from the viewer, making them look a little like specimens in a sterile white room; yet their outlandish attire brings hilarity to the images.

Also being shown was Mollison’s older series, James and Other Apes, which is a series of close-ups of various primates, showing in detail the emotive qualities apparent in their faces. This creates an interesting web of comparison; between the different groups of disciples, between the different apes, and between the disciples and the apes.


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