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Friday, May 2, 2008

Michael Jackson trial changes artist's focus

I gotta admit I have a fascination with pop culture, specifically with celebrities doing “bad” stuff. Last year I watched TV nonstop to see Paris Hilton go to jail, Mel Gibson get picked up for DUI, Britney Spears go crazy. At some point I looked back and realized I’m the sick pup because I’m entertained by this crap. The other night I was watching an “educational” show – CNN news – and saw a blurb about an artist named Rachel Schmeidler who has a business designing screenprint art from celebrity mug shots. Rachel has been an artist since she was a small child and received a degree from the Carnegie Mellon University School of Art. She got the idea to focus her craft on celebrity mug shots while working with journalists on the Michael Jackson trial in 2005. According to her website: "The idea came to her to create this series to demonstrate how much importance our society places on the cult of celebrity and how we are all a part of the machine that feeds the illusion." Most of the artwork is around $800, apparently. I haven’t yet been able to find out how many have been sold but it looks like Rachel has had several exhibits and is getting some good press .Wouldn’t you like to have an Andy Warhol type mugshot of Lindsay Lohan hanging in your living room?


Anonymous said...

Oh My GOD!!!! is it MJ? its look like a monster for me... or a shemale.. hahahhaa..