Monday, January 24, 2011

The People You're Not Exhibition

Amy Winehouse character
Opening this weekend is a wonderfully satirical, creative, thought-provoking, and amusing exhibition that features toy theatre as part of its realization.

The People You're Not exhibition can be briefly described as "...a satirical trip through the private and public faces of fame, from the first heady days of idolisation and adoring fans, via rock and roll alter-egos, excess and media mockery to dysfunction, introversion and the eccentric depths of the celebrity soul."

Proposed by Harry Hill, realised by Bren O’Callaghan, the goal was to recreate George Cruikshank's THE WORSHIP OF BACCHUS using known alcoholics.

From the gallery's website, it is further described as "...Victorian satire meets Heat Magazine as six illustrators put a contemporary spin on scenes from George Cruikshank’s famous 1860 painting exposing the evils and horrors of alcohol. ‘Performers’ such as Kerry Katona and Liza Minnelli, Courtney Love and George Best, Oliver Reed and Lindsay Lohan are given centre stage in six large-scale Victorian-style toy theatres, setting the scene for cautionary tales of drunken celebrity clichés and the pitfalls of the demon drink.

The Plays & The Characters
[When the cast member is fictional in origin, the source (film, play or novel) is referred
to in parenthesis...]

The Wedding Supper, or Till Decree Nisi Do Us Part
Tommy Cooper
Errol Flynn
Elton John
Kerry Katona
Shane MacGowan
Liza Minnelli
Katie Price
Bender Bending Rodríguez (Futurama)

Harlequinade, or Rita Sue and Herpes Too
Clarissa Dickson Wright
Robert Downey Jr
Keith Floyd
Paul Gascoigne
Tara Palmer-Tomkinson
Gram Parsons
Amy Winehouse
Trinny Woodall

Olympian Revels, or Two Pints of Ouzo and a Kebab
Drew Barrymore
Charles Bukowski
George W. Bush
Keith Chegwin
Pete Doherty
Lindsay Lohan
Kate Moss
Oliver Reed

Mission to the Hindoos, or Pilgrims of the Porcelain Throne
Rick Blaine (Casablanca)
Christine Cagney (Cagney & Lacey)
Sue Ellen Ewing (Dallas)
Judy Garland
Mel Gibson
David Hasselhoff
Rock Hudson
Samuel L. Jackson
Janis Joplin
William Shatner
Patsy Stone (Absolutely Fabulous)
Kiefer Sutherland
Elizabeth Taylor (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?)

Fête Champêtre, or The Battle of B.O.G.O.F.
George Best
Richard Burton
Tracey Emin
Father Jack Hackett (Father Ted)
Richard Harris
Billie Holiday
Courtney Love
Peter O’Toole

Studious Pursuits, or One More for the Road
Truman Capote
Blanche Du Bois (A Streetcar Named Desire)
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Judith Hearne (The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne)
Ernest Hemmingway
Dorothy Parker
Edgar Allan Poe
Hunter S. Thompson