TECHNIQUE, DESIRE, DEATH. AN INTERVIEW WITH NINA MAE FOWLER

Elena Stanciu, Petrie Revival, May 8, 2017

Currently on show at The Cob Gallery, Nina Mae Fowler's exhibition, While I'm Still Warm, offers a selection of works representative of the artist's fascination with stardom and the Golden Age of the big screen. Increasingly popular with collectors and art lovers, Fowler's oeuvre exudes a sort of misbehaving creative freedom, which channels the glamour and shine of Hollywood only to have it reflected in its inversions, defects, and fallibilities.

 

Her works play with the idea of monumentality attached to stars, investigating ways of posthumously preserving or reformatting their glory. Every piece in the exhibition is a detail in the intricate tapestry of constructing and representing stardom, fandom, and celebrity. The chromatic scarcity permeating the collection speaks to an elaborate ruse that leads us to question contemporary cultures of engagement with celebrity, challenging the form, content, and ever-innovating channels of glamour.