The billboards are an outgrowth of Minter’s interest in blurring the boundaries between fine art and commercial art, co-opting commercial genres and spaces for her artistic practice. In 1989, she bought 30 second commercial spots to show her Food Porn Commercials that aired during David Letterman, Arsenio Hall, and a Nightline interview with Ted Koppel and Henry Kissinger. (They were cheaper than art magazine ads.)
For the billboards, Minter recreates the images she shot for fashion magazines evoking a fantasy world through extravagantly gemmed high-heeled shoes accenting sexy legs. But this time around, they’re not so squeaky clean. Mud has been substituted for water, transforming the non-existent ideal back to its messy, flawed, and very human form. Legs are splattered and perfectly pedicured toes are oozing with grime from walking through the city in a storm. Reality collapses the fantasy and the line between art and fashion, high and low.
Marilyn Minter was born in 1948 in Shreveport, Louisiana, and lives and works in New York. She received a bachelor’s degree in fine art from the University of Florida in 1970 and a master’s in fine art from Syracuse University in 1972. She had a solo show at SF MoMA in 2005, and is featured in the 2006 Whitney Biennial. Recent solo shows include Gavlak Projects, Palm Beach; Voges and Partner, Frankfurt; Baldwin Gallery, Aspen; Andrehn-Schiptjenko Gallery, Stockholm; Fredericks Freiser Gallery, New York; and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris.
Minter was an integral part of the downtown art scene in the 70s and 80s, including a stint as a “fake singer” with the East Village Orchestra, and her long–time art support group includes Jack Pierson, Mary Heilmann, Jessica Stockholder, and Laurie Simmons.
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