David L. Bradley's "Vox Pupuli/Memento Mori" at Eye Lounge
You'll see some famous faces if you visit Eye Lounge on Friday, September 16. You could even tell Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio off to his face, and not worry about retribution.
That's because Arpaio's head -- along with those of Sarah Palin, John McCain, Tiger Woods, Kim Kardashian, and Wolf Blitzer -- is sculpted from clay and sitting on a pedestal in artist David L. Bradley's Vox Pupuli/Memento Mori exhibit.
Bradley's clay sculptures are caricatures, and each contains both exaggerated features and tiny details that say something about each celebrity.
The Kim Kardashian bust has monstrously huge lips and breasts (and four layers of eyelashes), and she's holding up a sparkling white mirror to her face (the mirror matches her gown perfectly).
The John McCain sculpture is clutching a wad of money in his right hand. Wolf Blitzer's holding a piece of paper. Arpaio's facial expression looks (not surprisingly) surly and confused. Each sculpture has a full head of synthetic hair.
The clay heads of Tiger Woods and Sarah Palin in Eye Lounge.
This time, he's incorporated things like acrylic paint, colored sand, and wigs.
"There are no limits. It's okay to use other materials besides kilns and glazes," he says. "I really wanted to take advantage of commonly available materials."
"These people are so well-known and fit the concept of someone who becomes well-known for an activity or an incident...but then the fame becomes its own thing, and they become like somebody else," Bradley says. "They expect to be treated differently. It's a whole separate class in our culture."
Artist David L. Bradley next to his portrait of John McCain
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