Micheal Jackson and Other Men, Dawn Mellor, published by our friends at Studio Voltaire in South London . This book is a collection of the artist's drawings of Micheal Jackson, Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby, Carl Lewis and unnamed black protesters made as a white teenager in Thatcherite Britain & in an era of South African Apartheid. Revisiting the works as a more informed adult Mellor writes "I now view the drawings as a cringe-inducing fusion of mawkish emphatic identification, political naivety and witless self-pity"
The works provide an obsessive adolescent POV of celebrity, racism and sexuality sourced only from weekly magazines and a pre internet media landscape fascinated by celebrity, dominated by sexism and racism, where marginal voices were rigorously excluded and where media consumers are complicit.
If you are in NYC - Sirens, an exhibition of new work by Dawn Mellor opens at Team (gallery inc) Nov. 9th!