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ART OF THE MUSE: ANDY GOTTS
In June 2017, a one of a kind exhibition was revealed to the public. For the first time, they would be able to see some of the world’s most famous actors, musicians and models, as their most vulnerable selves, in a series of un-retouched contact sheets.
The exhibitions - in partnership with Unseen Art Limited - showed the likes of ‘Brad Pitt’, ‘Kate Moss’, Robert De Niro’ and ‘Penelope Cruz’, scrunching up their faces and posing in unusual costumery. Capturing the untouched personalities in these monochromatic positives is a testament to Andy Gotts’s raw talent, poignantly so, considering we live in the world’s biggest icons expose themselves in such a way is a beautiful statement and aspirational for our impressionable society.
The only edition is an overlay of weathered markings, in bold red and yellow. The purposely off-hand etchings give us a small insight into the mind of a brilliant photographer, documenting Gotts’s thought process and heightening the literal (as well as emotional) complexity of the image. The dots and strokes - a denotation of the editing process - explore the purpose of a contact sheet, exposing the decision-making process, usually for the photographer’s eye’s only. The media only allows us to see a certain aspect of the celebrity’s persona, but Gott's’s work contradicts that image, offering an alternative insight into these glorified humans.
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