Thursday, 29 August 2013

CHARLES RAY AGAINST MARC QUINN, TRUTHS,WHAT DO YOU PREFER THE BOY WITH A FROG OR A WOMAN WITH NO ARMS AND NO LEGS

Two years ago I arrived and was engrossed with Charles Ray's beautiful sculpture against the magnificent back drop of ancient Venice. I loved it so much that I put it into my film The Gun the Cake and the butterfly. It tells the story of youth, a boy and a frog. The human being playing, half being cruel but playing. The frog can be put back to the sea to survive. Now Marc Quinn, one of my favourite top ten British Artists has done a woman, his friend Alison Lapper. Born with no legs and arms?  Truth too, the truth of taking medicine in the 1960's for morning sickness I imagined, 
the Thalidomide disaster?.  Of course one sculpture more attractive than the other, but equally truthful, and painful. A stark reminder to all that suffered with this dreadful sickness. Actually Alison, Quinn's muse was born with a chromosome disorder, a disease called  
Phocomelia.  
Congratulations to both artists for their stunning work. I own Marc's white elephant and I admire it every day. One more beautiful, the other more tragic.

Last night I went to the opening film of the festival, Gravity, with the famous and extraordinary artist Marina Abramavic.  With the kind invitation of Pascal Vicedomini, the Ichia Global Film Festival head.  A wonderful evening with Sandra Bullock leading the woman's cause for actresses. That we can be brave equal and have dignity. That woman are strong.  With the wit of George Clooney she succeeded in keeping our attention in outer space, we and she survived.  Clearly a film to pay school fees, an 80 million dollar blockbuster, that tried to fill our soul too. 

CHARLES RAY's Boy with a frog
Marc Quinn's sculpture of Alison Lapper who suffered from a chromosome disorder called  Phocomelia.


HAIR AND MAKEUP BY NATALIA SOUZA, Necklace by Roger Vivier, Gloves by Chanel,
Glasses by Alexander Wang

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