Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters by Sandro Miller is playful and collaborative. Not only is this work a hitlist of photo master's and classic images, it is a thrilling collaboration between artist and model, director and actor- Miller and Malkovich.
In 2013, Sandro decided to do a project honoring the men and women whose photographs helped shape his career. After selecting thirty-five images to emulate, Sandro contacted Malkovich, who instantly agreed to participate. When speaking about Malkovich, Sandro states: “John is the most brilliant, prolific person I know. His genius is unparalleled. I can suggest a mood or an idea and within moments, he literally morphs into the character right in front of my eyes. He is so trusting of my work and our process… I’m truly blessed to have him as my friend and collaborator.” - Edelman Press
In frame after frame this exhibition celebrates art-historical influences and iconic figures. It is dramatic and rewarding- we are delighted at every choice, and may even catch ourselves chuckling in gratitude at the breath and scope of the work. Each image leaves us wanting to see more- another in a series of greatest-hits. We see this work does more than simply homage. It explores the authenticity of the photographic image; reminds us of the photographer's intent; and underscores the performative element in photography. We also consider the greater, and ever-evolving, role of the media in culture, as it has been a tool for manufacturing identity and revealing inner sentiments. We roll all this over as we see the talented Malkovich meld from one personage to another.
[Malkovich becomes] Mick Jagger, Andy Warhol, Marilyn Monroe, Muhammad Ali, Ernest Hemingway, Salvador Dali, Albert Einstein, Bette Davis, a Dust Bowl mother and a pair of young female twins. Essentially, the actor . . .[slips] — if only for an instant — into the subject of more than two dozen iconic photos, portraits that Miller said "changed the way I thought about photography over the years, pictures that remind me a strong portrait of someone can change the way we think of a person." - Christopher Borrelli, Chicago Tribune
For more information on this exhibition, please visit Catherine Edelman Gallery.
Full Review in the Chicago Tribune.
Irving Penn / Truman Capote, New York (1948), 2014
© Sandro Miller / image courtesy Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago