Portrety Roberta Wilsona
ROBERT WILSON ARTIST STATEMENT
A Still Life is a Real Life
The video portraits can be seen in the three traditional ways that artists construct space. If I hold my hand in front of my face, I can say it is a portrait. If I see my hand at a distance, I can say it is part of a still life, and if I see it from across the street, I can say that it is part of a landscape.
In constructing these spaces, we see an image which can be thought of as a portrait. If we look carefully, this still life is a real life. And in a way, if we think about it and look at them long enough, the mental spaces become mental landscapes.
These portraits stem from a work I did in the 1970s, VIDEO 50. I made various portraits, including surrealist writer Louis Aragon, socialite Helene Rochas, a duck, a priest I met in a bar, museum director Pontus Hulten, Sony CEO Akito Morita and France’s Minister of Culture Michel Guy. Those portraits could be seen on TV, in galleries, museums, subways, hotel lobbies, airports, or even on the face of a wristwatch.
I imagine the VOOM portraits being seen in public spaces, as well as at home. At home, they are a kind of window in the room or a fire in the fireplace.
Often people ask me, “What are the ideas behind the images?” I do not interpret my work. Interpretation is for others. To fix a meaning to a work limits its poetry and the possibility of other ideas. They are personal, poetic statements of different personalities.
A man from the street, an animal, a child, superstars, gods of our time.
- Johnny Depp – actor
- Salma Hayek – actress
- Sean Penn – actor
- Isabella Rossellini – actress
- Brad Pitt – actor
- Robert Downey Jr. – actor
- Winona Ryder – actress
- Steve Buscemi – actor
- Macaulay Culkin – actor
- Robin Wright Penn – actress
- Willem Dafoe – actor
- Marianne Faithful – singer and actress
- Mikhail Baryshnikov – dancer and choreographer
- Alan Cumming – actor
- Peter Stormare – actor
- Jeanne Moreau – actress
- Isabelle Huppert – actress
- Juliette Binoche – actress
- Renee Fleming – opera singer
- JT Leroy – writer
- Gabriella Ornstein – actress
- Tatiana Platt – executive and philanthropist
- Princess Caroline of Monaco
- Gao Xingjian – writer
- Dita von Teese – burlesque performer
- Farah Diba – Empress of Iran
- Norman Paul Fleming – auto mechanic
- Byambajav Ulambayar – sumo world champion
- Zhang Huan – artist
- Lucinda Childs – dancer and choreographer
- William Pope L. – artist
- Alexis Broschek
- Snow Owl
- Black Panther
- Briard Dog
Horizontal and vertical versions of each portrait were created. Additionally, the Salma Hayek, Frog and Snow Owl were created as a series, which means multiple unique portraits were created of each. Of the 38 subjects, the is a total of 153 unique portraits.