MOSTYN, Llandudno – 18 July – 8 November 2015
Be More Brando
2015, Limited Edition Giclee and Letterpress Print, 42cm x 59.4cm
Be More Brando takes Apocalypse Now, a film well known for its turbulent production, as inspiration. While Brando was publicly scapegoated by Francis Ford Coppola for problems on set including lack of preparation, Brando’s personal archive has uncovered heavily annotated editions of the novel ‘Heart of Darkness’, letters and audio between the two showing that Brando shaped the vision of the film.
2015, HD Video, 7 mins 10 secs – https://vimeo.com/133082018
Being Brando presents a compilation of Marlon Brando impressions by both fans and professional actors. The range of sources and selection of Brando traits common to most of the impersonations shows the extent to which his performances have disseminated popular culture. Being Brando also pulls at the process of imitation itself as a way to take on another character either through desire to worship or to forget oneself.
2015, Silver Gelatin Photograph, 21cm x 29.7cm
Brando Facepalm is a self portrait taken in the guise of Marlon Brando in character as H. G. Wells’ Dr Moreau. The format of the photograph was initially a riff on the Women’s Art Society exhibition showing concurrently at MOSTYN which presented an image of each participant proudly placed within their rented golden frame. The use of Brando’s Dr Moreau visually reflects the contrast between his God like status and his tragic life.