Signed, numbered and dated by the artist.
A Real Allegory: Part I, Male is set in a male locker room, a still taken from the 1934 film ‘ Search for Beauty’. This particular scene allowed for the uninhibited use of nudity into which Fowler has added her own characters. These additions include a ‘ floored’ Clark Gable, Lon Chaney being bound into a corset for his role as an armless circus performer. Two dying/dead matadors occupy stretchers in the foreground, in the background we can see the contemporary figure of Daniel Craig’s James Bond being chastised by silent film star John Barrymore in the role of Hamlet.
These prints represent a major installation of work which was exhibited at Galerie Dukan Hourdequin in Paris, 2011. The original drawings, which have since been acquired for a public collection in Switzerland, were startling in their monumental scale. Both pieces were greatly influenced by Gustave Courbet’s painting, The Artist’s Studio: A Real Allegory of a Seven Year Phase in my Artistic and Moral Life, 1855. Fowler was drawn to the theatricality of Courbet’s composition, like a collage of moments on a stage.She becomes the director of her own theatre, cutting and editing – collaging, into her drawings, imagery appropriated from films and the actual lived lives of both celebrated icons, as well as unknown figures, drowned in the wake of Hollywood’s dream machine.
This giclée print is on heavy, fine art Hahnemühle photo-rag paper. The smooth yet slightly textured surface of this paper allows for the highest quality reproduction of the original artwork. The inks used are archival and will not fade.