Dan Finsel, I Would Love Farrah, Farrah, Farrah (I), 2009 [still], HD video, 20:24, Ed. 3 + 1 AP
In 1976, there came an idolatrous poster. Not just any idol, but the one many a young man would intently observe when his parents went out for dinner. With blond tresses, white perfect teeth, and nipples erect, the Farrah Fawcett red swimsuit poster became the image of choice for teenage predecessors to Generation X. Dan Finsel’s détournement, a new installment to his video series I Would Love Farrah, Farrah, Farrah…that he’s entitled I Could Be Anybody. I Could Be Somebody re-packages the poster, conversations Ms. Fawcett had on her deathbed, and an episode of Beverly Hills 90210 where Brenda Walsh thinks she might have cancer. The 20 minute video, shot in the artist’s Chinatown studio, finds the artist in seemingly uncomfortable outfits – a red one-piece swimsuit, a too large white oxford, a blond wig and tennis dress, and red Vuarnet-style glasses chipped and scratched from years of use. Throughout the piece, where Finsel is seen a front of green screen, one can detect the reflection of a Dan Flavin-esque sculpture in his glasses. The installation at Parker Jones that closes tomorrow (hurry, hurry!) also has a 54 x 96 inch fluorescent light sculpture called Untitled (To Farrah), where the artist riffs on the title Flavin himself would have given the piece had he made it for the Charlie’s Angels star, reifying the works of the Minimalist icon while referring to filmic vernacular via the 16:9 ratio of its proportions.
Dan Finsel, Untitled (To Farrah), 2009. Single tube fluorescent lights, 54 x 96 inches.
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This post was contributed by Annie Wharton.