The installation Untitled (Mylar) by Tara Donovan is a large-scale installation for which she uses sheets of Mylar.The Mylar sheets with their metallic surfaces are bent into blooming balls and arranged into organic structures of varying heights.
NUDE OF THE WEEK: La Grand Odalisque by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, 1814
Welcome to my first Nude of the Week! It was pretty difficult to choose which glorious nude would feature in this introductory post. However, I eventually chose this stunning piece by French neoclassicist Ingres, which has always been one of my favourite reclining nudes for the almost golden tone of the woman’s skin and the ornate, eastern inspired surroundings. I was recently lucky enough to visit the print rooms at Tate Britain to look at some original Pre-Raphaelite sketches; various Ingres pieces were mentioned in the talk to demonstrate certain techniques and poses that inspired the Brotherhood. So essentially, this painting has been fresh on my mind!
“A smart conceptual retort to the hoary stereotype of lesbian bed death, Carland’s photographs of one of the places where women share their lives (and their bodies) with other women also make clear the political stakes of representing even the most quotidian objects.
At the same time, there is nothing in or about the photographs that signifies ‘lesbian’. Indeed, it is the very banality of the images’ content, the very familiarity of the scene that is repeatedly depicted in Lesbian Beds that makes them so immediately relatable. And yet to uncouple these photographs from the title which brackets them would be to disregard the difference the entire series makes visible. This sometimes uneasy mix of representational politics and sentimental attachment to objects is at the core of Carland’s work.”