LAUREL NAKADATE, BFA 98
31 h x 46 w
DESCRIPTION: type-C print, framed.
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Laurel Nakadate’s videos, photographs, and sculptures challenge conventional notions of propriety, volition, and gender roles. The complicated spectacles she constructs with male strangers walk a thin line between voluntary embarrassment and exploitation. Nakadate’s three-channel video projection I Wanna Be Your Mid-Life Crisis features the artist encouraging middle-aged men to dance and undress themselves while she participates by doing likewise. They candidly struggle to appease or ingratiate themselves to her, creating a sense of palpable discomfort in the viewer. Nakadate was featured in MoMA PS1’s 2005 survey of emerging artists, "Greater New York," and she had a solo show at the museum in 2011. In 2009, Nakadate directed her first feature-length film, Stay the Same Never Change.
Courtesy of Leslie Tonkonow, NY.
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