Four Polaroid tests from "Girl Posed," from the American Minor series
4 x 5 inches
Signed stickers on verso
Donated by the artist
In his series American Minor, Charlie White delves into the subject of the American teenager, and all that goes into the manufacturing of this identity. White works to excavate the socio-economic and aesthetic forces at playing during this commercialized period of life in the United States. In these polaroid tests, the young model appears uneasy yet confident in her posturing, attempting to replicate one of the many iconic blonde models that populate magazine and fashion culture to this day. White has exhibited internationally, including Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Oslo Kunstforening in Oslo, Norway, Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfur, Germany, and Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai. White has had six monographs of his work published, and his films have screened at the Sundance Film Festival and Director’s Fortnight at Cannes.
“When I was an Assistant Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, I put a photograph by Charlie White in an exhibition called Spectator Sports. It wasn’t from this series, but it similarly engaged with the ways young women, when photographed, are placed into complex negotiations of influence and power. I passed that picture every day for months and it has forever shaped my sense of how photography is deployed to control women’s bodies. This suite of pictures does something similar, but the pictures are more concise, stripped down, and self-aware. White has mastered the art of using allure to unsettle our ideals of innocence, sexuality, and natural beauty. Whoever ends up with this set of Polaroids is in for the special type of long-term reflection that one can only have with pictures they pass day-after-day and think through slowly.” - Allison Grant, artist, writer, curator and Assistant Professor of Photography at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
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