MICHAEL JACKSON AND OTHER MEN
Edited by Joe Scotland
Texts by Dawn Mellor and Joe Scotland
Hardback, 21 x 29.7cm, 88 pages with 46 full coloured images
Design: Fraser Muggeridge studio, London
Publisher: Studio Voltaire, London and Koenig Books, London
Price: £25.00 (Free P&P to UK)
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Studio Voltaire is pleased to announce a new publication by the British artist Dawn Mellor. The book features a large series of drawings of Michael Jackson and a number of other figures made by the artist when she was a teenager during the 1980’s.
However commonplace these kind of adolescent drawings might be, they are a precursor to Dawn’s concern with celebrity and fan culture; also functioning as subjective social documents. There is something endearing, and somewhat pathetic, about the Jackson drawings – both as a reminder of a tragic cultural icon and the indication of the burgeoning sexuality and artistic ambition of the young artist. Next to Jackson are images of the athlete Carl Lewis and comedians Richard Pryor and Bill Cosby as well as depictions of social unrest and injustice. In addition to creating a seemingly curious dialogue within the pages of the book, these other portraits suggest the pull of a wider African-American popular culture from an insular life growing up in the North of England at the height of Thatcherism, revolving around TV and other mainstream culture.