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Bush and Blairline-dancing, The Queen on the loo, Marilyn wanking (nsfw). The phototgraphy of Alison Jackson blends the real and the irreal.
posted by Artw (25 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite

 
This J Lo Bum Buff and Tom teaches Suri Scientology are pretty funny.

I dunno if I would really consider this high art though, mostly seems like well-executed fark photoshops.
posted by delmoi at 12:11 AM on November 28, 2009 [2 favorites]


Oh wow.

I had to do a double take here. Some of this stuff is something you'd believe, or at least want to.
posted by dunkadunc at 12:36 AM on November 28, 2009


delmoi: they're not photoshopped.
posted by biffa at 12:50 AM on November 28, 2009


delmoi: they're not photoshopped.

Why do you say that? Even if he uses look alikes to stage the scenes, it doesn't mean he doesn't use photoshop in the process.
posted by delmoi at 1:06 AM on November 28, 2009


I remember when she had a regular slot in the Saturday Guardian, made the paper worth buying on its own... for me, nothing beats Harry The Nazi.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 2:19 AM on November 28, 2009


You know what really pisses me off about art? I hate the gross infatuation with celebrity, the ephemeral importance of facial recognizability as a substitute for deeper understanding. That's why I hate The Mona Lisa, a piece of trash art painted by that hack Da Vinci so he could suck up to Florentine B-listers.
posted by twoleftfeet at 2:19 AM on November 28, 2009 [2 favorites]


Marilyn appears to have lost her hips. Too much wanking must have worn them away.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 2:24 AM on November 28, 2009 [1 favorite]


Does "simulating" an image means that you are "simulating" a photographer???
posted by HuronBob at 3:25 AM on November 28, 2009


Her TED talk is also quite good.
posted by Erberus at 3:31 AM on November 28, 2009 [1 favorite]


This made me sad.
posted by availablelight at 4:05 AM on November 28, 2009


I think unixrat would have something to say about these.
posted by turgid dahlia at 4:15 AM on November 28, 2009


I had not known that Her Majesty's grace was so extreme that she could go to the loo without lifting her skirt. She impresses me more all the time.
posted by Goofyy at 4:35 AM on November 28, 2009 [3 favorites]


"I remember when she had a regular slot in the Saturday Guardian, made the paper worth buying on its own"

Hah, I was the exact opposite. I'm bored to tears by her one trick photos and get annoyed when she crops up on the BBC or in another magazine pushing the same old schtick. When the Guardian hired her it almost made me stop buying it out of protest (the guide and the crossword won out in the end).

Once you've seen one of her photos you've seen them all, as far as I'm concerned, and I've never seen one that offered a genuinely surprising take on a celebrity.
posted by ciderwoman at 4:37 AM on November 28, 2009 [1 favorite]


I'm with ciderwoman on this - it's very Meh.

I remember that Armando Iannucci got so frustrated with her 'comedy' (she produced a series of half hour shows on the same premise) that he toyed with the idea of hiring an Alison Jackson lookalike and re-creating her TV commissioning meetings. Which would have been far more entertaining than her body of work, imho.

Example of her TV work: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=we0ePH_iXEg
posted by DanCall at 8:44 AM on November 28, 2009


The juxtaposition of the celebrity and the situation might be interesting, but none of the images stand up on their own as pleasing to look at.
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 9:29 AM on November 28, 2009


Now THIS is what I'm talking about. Where you at, photography?
posted by cmoj at 11:29 AM on November 28, 2009


The bush ones are a little overwrought though.
posted by cmoj at 11:31 AM on November 28, 2009


I quite like the "sneakily trying on the crown" series.
posted by Artw at 12:01 PM on November 28, 2009


BBC spells it out moreso, if you didn't catch it. Jackson hires really convincing look-alikes and stages the whole thing. There may be photo manipulation to make it grainy or look like the photos are shot through a crack in the door. Crafty stuff.
posted by filthy light thief at 12:34 PM on November 28, 2009


dull. very one note. not a great idea to start with. No shock or even surprise value whatever, since we've seen pictures of celebrities doing these kinds of things. And so this method makes the point that...Queen Elizabeth poops?
posted by cogneuro at 1:41 PM on November 28, 2009


Yeah, I don't care for them at all. I find a lot of them to be ghoulish. It's still masturbatory celebrity fetishism; a thing which I could happily live without.
posted by dejah420 at 2:27 PM on November 28, 2009


Why do people so often assume that artists (especially conceptual artists like this one) aren't self-aware? Don't you think that the point of these is the masturbatory nature of celebrity fetishism? And the even more masturbatory nature of the tabloid-style "humanizing" of celebrities that really does the opposite?

In capital-A-Art things like "pretty" and "well done" sometimes run counter to the artist's goals, and the sometimes have no meaning.
posted by cmoj at 3:15 PM on November 28, 2009


this method makes the point that...Queen Elizabeth poops?

A good point.
posted by semmi at 4:12 PM on November 28, 2009


A good point.
Really not a good point.
That you are referring to Queen Elizabeth is the point.
posted by artdrectr at 8:46 PM on November 28, 2009


And so this method makes the point that...Queen Elizabeth poops?

To be fair, this realization was quite mindboggling to me -- when I was four.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 3:17 AM on November 29, 2009


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