JOHN WATERS

UNWATCHABLE

Previous Location

April 21 – May 20, 2006

60th Birthday, 2006

2 C-prints

Each image: 9 1/2 x 14 inches  24.1 x 35.6 cm

Framed: 25 1/4 x 20 1/2 inches  64.1 x 52.1 cm

Edition of 5

Art Market Research, 2006

C-print

Image size: 22 x 33 3/4 inches  55.9 x 85.7 cm

Framed: 28 1/2 x 40 1/4 inches  28.5 x 72.4 cm

Edition of 5

Artistically Incorrect #1 - 14, 2006

14 C-prints Each image: 4 x 6 inches  10.2 x 15.2 cm

Framed: 7 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches  18.4 x 24.1 cm

Edition of 5

Bad Directors Chair, 2006

Canvas, wood, steel, paint with leather bound script

46 x 24 1/2 x 22 inches  116.8 x 62.2 x 55.9 cm

Edition of 5

Bad Trip, 2006 7

C-prints

Each image: 8 x 10 inches  20.3 x 25.4 cm

Framed: 14 1/2 x 76 1/2 inches  26.8 x 194.3 cm

Edition of 5

Badly Framed, 2006

C-print in artist's frame

Image size: 12 x 18 inches  30.5 x 45.7 cm

Framed: 21 x 28 inches  53.3 x 71.1 cm

Edition of 5

Baldo, 2006

Paper, ink, aluminum, iron shavings, magnet, and glass

Diameter: 18 inches 45.7 cm

Depth 4 inches  10.2 cm

Edition of 5

Boys Beware, 2006

6 C-prints

Each image: 4 x 6 inches  10.2 x 15.3 cm

Framed: 7 1/2 x 39 1/2 inches  19.1 x 100.3 cm

Edition of 5

Cut / Uncut, 2006

20 C-prints

Each image: 9 1/4 x 14 inches  24.1 x 35.6 cm

Framed: 43 1/2 x 76 1/2 inches  110.5 x 194.3 cm

Edition of 5

Divine Copies Dorothy Malones Collar, 2006

2 C-prints

Each image: 5 x 7 inches  12.7 x 17.8 cm

Framed: 11 1/2 x 20 1/2 inches 29.2 x 52.1 cm

Edition of 5

Eat Me, 2006

C-print

Image: 16 x 20 inches  40.6 x 50.8 cm

Framed: 22 1/2 x 26 1/2 inches  57.2 x 67.3 cm

Edition of 5

Ex-President, 2006

3 C-prints

Each image: 8 x 12 inches  20.3 x 30.5 cm

Framed: 14 1/2 x 42 1/2 inches  36.8 x 108 cm

Edition of 5

Faux Video Room, 2006

iPod, speakers, painted wood, synthetic velour and chromed pole

110 x 96 x 6 inches  279.4 x 243.8 x 15.2

Edition of 5

Gay is Not Enough, 2006

C-print Image size: 13 x 19 3/4 inches  33 x 50.2

Framed: 19 1/2 x 26 1/4 inches  49.5 x 66.7 cm

Edition of 5

Hardy Har, 2006

C-print with laser activated mechanical pump and water

Image: 16 x 20 inches  40.6 x 50.8 cm

Framed: 24 x 28 inches  61 x 71.1 cm

Edition of 5

Haunted, 2006

C-print

Image size: 9 1/4 x 14 inches  23.5 x 35.6 cm

Framed: 15 3/4 x 20 1/2 inches  40 x 52.1 cm

Edition of 5

Headline #1, 2006

C-print Image: 22 1/2 x 98 inches  52.1 x 248.9 cm

Framed: 28 1/2 x 104 inches  72.4 x 264.2 cm

Edition of 5

Loser Gift Basket, 2006

C-print Image: 40 x 40 inches  101.6 x 101.6 cm

Framed: 46 x 46 inches  116.8 x 116.8 cm

Edition of 5

Melissa, 2006

C-print Image size: 17 x 24 inches  43.2 x 61 cm

Framed: 23 1/2 x 30 1/2 inches  53.7 x 77.5 cm

Edition of 5

No Smoking, 2006

12 C-prints

Each image: 8 x 10 inches  20.3 x 25.4 cm

Framed: 22 1/2 x 66 1/2 inches  57.2 x 168.9 cm

Edition of 5

On Me Rag, 2006

Wood, oil paint, cotton and silkscreen ink

30 x 76 x 6 1/2 inches  76.2 x 193.4 x 16.5 cm

Edition of 5

Playdate, 2006

Silicone, human and synthetic hair, cotton flannel and polar fleece

Manson: 19 x 14 x 11 inches  48.3 x 35.6 x 29.9

Jackson: 15 x 13 x 27 inches  38.1 x 33 x 68.6 cm

Edition of 5

Prancer, 2006 4

C-prints

Each image: 4 x 6 inches  10.2 x 15.2 cm

Edition of 5

Praying is Begging, 2006

9 C-prints and spray paint

Each image: 8 x 10 inches  20.3 x 25.4 cm

Framed: 14 x 96 inches  35.6 x 243.8 cm

Edition of 5

Providencetown, 2006

C-print

Image size: 6 x 22 inches  15.2 x 55.9 cm

Framed: 12 1/2 x 28 1/2 inches  31.8 x 72.4 cm

Edition of 5

Reckless Eyeballs, 2006

C-print Image: 4 x 6 inches  10.2 x 15.2 cm

Framed: 7 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches  19.1 x 24.1 cm

Edition of 25

Shoplifter, 2006

4 C-prints

Each image: 7 x 10 inches  17.8 x 25.4

Framed: 13 1/2 x 46 1/2 inches  34.3 x 118.1 cm

Edition of 5

Slimy JW, 2006

Rubber

2 1/2 x 72 x 13 inches  6.4 x 182.9 x 33 cm

Edition of 5

Sound of a Hit, 2006

iPod and speakers with wood box

10 3/4 x 22 1/2 x 4 3/4 inches  27.3 x 57.2 x 12.1 cm

Edition of 5

Time to Renew, 2006

C-print

Image: 50 x 41 3/4 inches  127 x 106.1 cm

Framed: 56 x 48 inches  142.2 x 121.9 cm

Edition of 5

True Crime #5, 2006

5 C-prints

Each image: 3 1/2 x 5 inches  8.9 x 12.7 cm

Framed: 7 x 33 1/2 inches  7 x 45.2 cm

Edition of 5

Unwatchable, 2006

11 C-prints individually framed and hung in a staggered configuration

Each image: 3 x 3 inches  7.6 x 7.6 cm

Framed: 4 1/4 x 43 inches 10.5 x 109.2 cm

Edition of 5

Marianne Boesky Gallery is pleased to announce John Waters: Unwatchable, the artist's first solo exhibition with the gallery, from April 21 – May 20, 2006. The exhibition will be presented simultaneously at de Pury & Luxembourg, Zurich, from April 8 – May 20, 2006.
"The word "unwatchable" is the ultimate insult in film criticism. But when "unwatchable" movie images are kidnapped off of the screen, isolated out of context, edited together with phony credits and hung on the wall to form new low-concept narratives, these hostage film stills can no longer be "watched," they must be "seen." Suddenly, going to the movies can never be a disappointment."
Waters's quote wonderfully illustrates his working method in the "fine" art medium of photography over the past 15 years. He attempts to translate the experience of watching a movie, even a bad one, into seeing a selective new high-concept version that may have nothing to do with the original film. Featured in the exhibition will be over 45 new photographic works. Each of the pieces tells a new story, frame by frame, until the original source material has been transformed into the John Waters "re-make." The art world, celebrity miscreants, politicians and Waters himself are not spared from his satirical directorial glare in the these incisive new cinematic story boards.
Unwatchable will also feature seven new sculptural/installation works. They range from Slimy JW, a six foot casting of a joke shop rubber snake reincarnated as Waters himself to Sound of a Hit, the actual aural recording of money changing hands inside the box-office during opening day of a Hollywood blockbuster hit. Playdate, a pair of frighteningly life-size toddlers who happen to be Charles Manson and Michael Jackson, rudely try to connect on the gallery floor. Again, in Waters own words:
"Two famous media villains, Charles Manson and Michael Jackson, reborn as perfect babies – could they have saved each other if they had met on a childhood play date before their lives went wrong?"
"From the bad real estate of the director's chair," Waters hopes to translate his insider show-biz knowledge into an "artistically incorrect" celebration of the ludicrous and wonderful extremes in both the film and art world he so loves.
John Waters was born in 1946 in Baltimore. In 2004, his exhibition John Waters: Change of Life premiered at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York and traveled to the Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland; The Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA; and The Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA. He has had numerous exhibition in the United States and abroad and can currently be seen in Situation Comedy: Humor in Recent Art, at the Chicago Cultural Center through April 9, 2006. A fully-illustrated 96-page catalogue with an essay by Brenda Richardson will be published in conjunction with the exhibition.
John Waters: Unwatchable will be on view at the Marianne Boesky Gallery at
535 West 22nd Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues) through May 20, 2006.
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, from 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.
For further information or reproductions please contact Adrian Turner.