ICONS & DEMIGODS - Michael Venus. Before he was
Farrah Fawcett, Michael Jackson, Freddy Krueger or
his drag alter ego Cotton, Michael Venus was a skinny
boy who lived somewhere in between rural Southern
Ontario and the kingdom of his own astonishing imagination...
portrait-based project that includes over 50 images,
originally came into existence as a postcard series
called VanGlam in 2000, is something of a time capsule,
says Venus. It’s a reference to the influences
that shaped him as an artist.
of becoming Farrah Fawcett were what originally inspired
Michael Venus to create Icons and Demigods. The red
bathing suit, tilted head, wide smile and silky long
blond hair: the resulting similarity between Venus,
a young man, and Fawcett was uncanny.
some help from Vancouver print shop Clubcard who collaborated
with Venus to produce the first postcards, which were
distributed to shops and clubs around the city, suddenly
everybody was asking the same question: is that Farrah
Fawcett, or a man?
exurpt from the forthcoming "Icons & Demigods"
coffee table book.
by Jeff Lawrence.
Tues Jan 05 10
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