Sandro Miller’s world of “Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich”

By on February 17, 2015
Sandro Miller, Arnold Newman / Igor Stravinsky, New York City, NY (1960), 2014

Sandro Miller, Arnold Newman / Igor Stravinsky, New York City, NY (1960), 2014

Get ready for a coup d’etat of the world’s most iconic photographs lead by photographer Sandro Miller and actor John Malkovich. Miller’s exhibition at Fahey/Klein Gallery aptly titled “Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich,” creates a captivatingly surreal Malkovich meta-universe using classic photographs throughout the 20th century.  The photographer has been working with Malkovich for the last 17 years after the pair met at the Steppenwolf Theatre Comapany, and the depth of their artistic relationship shows. The images are at once a mix of the surreal and comedic; remixing some of histories most culturally and politically loaded images. The photographer employs meticulous research to build his images with  props, make-up, and wardrobe true to the originals.

The technical efficacy of these images is what proves to be their most enduring quality. So earnestly they match the originals that there’s little risk of them falling on the kitsch side of pastiche, instead they are at once artful and reverent. Miller’s portraits include reimagining’s of Picasso, Hitchcock and Hemingway, to iconic photographers Diane Arbus, Annie Liebowitz and even Andre Serrano (Miller’s reinterpretation of “Piss Christ” might be the most twisted and a personal favorite).

Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich is at Fahey Klein gallery, Los Angeles, until March 15th, 2015. More information here.

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