Mother Mold by Keith Edmier
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Publication Date: Petzel Gallery, 2017
Keith Edmier’s Mother Mold brings together the 50 unique life-cast portraits of the artist’s work, Imagines; inspired by ancient Roman life-casts of the same name. Stemming from his years in Hollywood working as a special effects make-up artist, Edmier’s cast portraits connect in intimate ways: they portray the artist’s family, friends, heroes, and influences. The connection to Hollywood turns the permanence and memorial of the life mask into a starting point for the transformation to come. Michael Jackson–becomes a teenage werewolf, Jeff Goldblum–The Fly, David Bowie–a New Wave vampire, and Matthew Barney–a well-groomed Satyr. As in all of Edmier’s work, one can find familiar identities and structures reshaped and transformed. Each life-cast portrait is presented as a postcard; the reverse of which, written in Edmier’s own hand, provides interesting details about the individual casts. The set of postcards is presented in a hard-back ‘stone’ box-envelop, with white debossed text. 50 unnumbered p.; 21 x 15.5 cm. Loose leaf.