Thursday, 18 September 2008

Gregory Crewdson at Photology Milan

Gregory Crewdson ©

I went to the opening of "Dream House" by Gregory Crewson an exhibition at Photology Gallery in Milan. At first look his photographs seems to be taken off set during a cinematic US production, but to the contrary they are constructed by the artist in a small scale cinematic production for his projects with real actors like Philip Seymour Hoffman, William H. Macy, Julianne Moore, Gwyneth Paltrow and Tilda Swinton.

Gregory Crewdson ©

This work was carefully planned and produced in 2002 in Rutland, Vermont, a home where a woman had died four years earlier but in which all of the family’s possessions remained intact and placed with meticulous attention to detail. In the twelve images on show you can perceive the perfection for order combined with a surreal narratives and and mystery for the unknown whitin a suburbian stage. To me using recognizable hollywood actor star does not add to the conceptual structure of this project and somehow is taking away some of it`s narrative.

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