Who knew that filmmaker John Waters is also an artist? In fact, John Waters is a serious artist with a wicked sense of humor. Although he's best known as a filmmaker of cult classics, Waters has had nearly 50 solo art exhibitions at some of the best museums and galleries around the world.
His recent one-man show at San Francisco's Rena Bransten Gallery offered offbeat sculptures of enlarged Combat Roach Killers, La Mer Moisturizing Cream, and Rush Liquid Incense — aka poppers — and continues his ongoing series of satirical, sequential photos of movie-star legends.
Film stills of Hollywood stars projected on real-life and media appropriated butts pokes fun at the film technique of “rear projection”; the gay, black singer Johnny Mathis is immortalized by a series of headshots in Idol #2; and a vicious canine is ironically-titled Pet. Some of the most twisted photographs in the show have been digitally manipulated. Hickies outrageously cover Audrey Hepburn’s neck in A Passion for Audrey and Meryl Streep, Tom Cruise, Andy Warhol, and other celebs sport harelips in Hollywood Smile Train. Meanwhile, Lezzie slyly presents a hand and pen slowly writing out the campy label, which had originally been the name Lizzie.