|(Baltimore, Maryland, 1946 - )
Lives and works in Baltimore and New York City
John Waters, best known for his work as
an irreverent filmmaker (Hairspray, Pink Flamingoes)
is also known for his work as an artist producing photo-based works
that employ wit and sarcasm in their portrayal of American culture.
This portrait of Clarabelle the Clown was made as part of a project
called 'Straight to Video' where the artist produced works from photographs
he took of his television with a simple 35mm camera. A symbol of
mid century pop culture, the mute Clarabelle the Clown from the 50's
era Howdy Doody Show is shown here in two frames,
looking quizzical, confused, perhaps humiliated.