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marilyn monroe's skirt revived in a moving collage by andrea mastrovito
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feb 11, 2013
marilyn monroe's skirt revived in a moving collage by andrea mastrovito


‘sotto il vestito niente, ma proprio niente’ (under the dress there is nothing, absolutely nothing), 2013 by andrea mastrovito
fans, tape and photocopies
170 x 400 x 40 cm
image © designboom

 

 

italian artist andrea mastrovito playfully uses the technique of collage as a critique on contemporary, classic and pop culture, with his latest work
‘sotto il vestito niente, ma proprio niente’ (under the dress there is nothing, absolutely nothing). the work is showing in a group exhibition until 6th october, 2013
titled ‘la magnifica ossessione’ (magnificent obsession) at the contemporary and modern art museum of trento and rovereto (mart) in italy. the piece depicts the iconic
image of blonde bombshell marylin monroe with her skirt blown up by the blast from a subway vent, shot in 1954 during the filming of ‘the seven year itch’ by billy wilder-
however, the scene is brought to life in a much more resourceful manner. 

 

a monochrome paper cut out of a laughing monroe is placed beside a coy tom ewell – the dancing of monroe’s skirt imitated with two
deliberately placed fans, a witty reincarnation of the famous scene. the work treads the threshold between the flat world of a movie screen
and that real, raw moment – this charged intersection represented through a fusion of the 2D language of paper with the chaotic fluttering of
movement caused by the fans. the artwork proudly reintroduces the spirit of classic cinema with an endearing tongue-in-cheek flippancy
characteristic of the artist’s approach.

 

 


the work treads the threshold between the flat world of a movie screen and that real, raw moment
image © designboom

 

 


the piece depicts the iconic image of blonde bombshell marylin monroe with her skirt blown up by the blast from a subway vent
image © designboom

 

 

a video demonstrating the installation
video © designboom

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