Simon Morley "Hitchcock's Blondes"

Taguchi Fine Art

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Works on view are paintings of which subject is films by the famous British director, Alfred Hitchcock known as the God of the suspense film. Morley paints the names of heroines in Hitchcock's films on canvases according to the style of typography used in the title back of the films.

In these paintings, the name of the heroine appearing in the title back of the film is translated into a pictorial language. Usually the title back of a film is carefully produced with an intention to let the audience have a foreboding of the contents or the atmosphere of the main volume. Here in his paintings, it is simplified into letters in a single color. The normal conventions of figure-ground contrast are replaced by more subtle variations between surface and text.

We can see in these new paintings Morley uses the same method as "Noriko" paintings shown in the last exhibition "Classic Japanese Movies". ("Noriko" series is the white colored painting of a still by Yasujiro Ozu, with the appearance of Japanese famous actress Setsuko Hara.) They are both the reduction from a still of film into a painting. Also common at the point treating "the Modern Godesses" as Setsuko Hara and Hollywood actresses. On the other hand, these new works are close to his book painting as omitting images and being limited to text.

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From 2009-10-10 To 2009-11-07

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Simon Morley

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