Norbert Briar | Art Brussels - Aeroplastics Contemporary | indoors : #2 Kaitlyn, Jenny, Nadine, Jodie, Alexandra, Rael, and Daniela Applying Make-up and Hanging Out 
#2 Kaitlyn, Jenny, Nadine, Jodie, Alexandra, Rael, and Daniela Applying Make-up and Hanging Out
indoors : #2 Kaitlyn, Jenny, Nadine, Jodie, Alexandra, Rael, and Daniela Applying Make-up and Hanging Out
2004-2005 | ed. of 9 | C-print | 28 x 36 cm (11 x 14 inches)
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The depiction of the woman in an architectonic setting has been a central theme in much of my work.

In the Indoors series, I explore how such a depiction is made.

In the Indoors series, two or more young ladies are depicted in relation to each other and, likewise, the elements of their surroundings. They are portrayed hanging out, passing the time, applying make-up to themselves and each other, sipping bottled water, stacking or unstacking art publications, inflating balloons, watching videos, and generally assuming leisurely or indolent postures within a simple, contemporary, residential setting.

In general terms, starting points for the Indoors series include performance art, installation art, earth works, and photodocumentation of the aforementioned. Much can be seen in this series that emerges from art about art, action art, temporal art, serial art, and photorealism. The Indoors series also functions as a counterpoint to two schools of late 19th Century painting, la Belle Époque and its depictions of salon life, and genre painting and its depictions of hard-working individuals who knew little or nothing of leisure time.

In specific terms, Swiss artist Franz Gertsch's early 1970's series of photorealist paintings of his friends, flamboyantly dressing themselves and applying make-up to each other in a simple interior environment serve as one starting point. The performative sculpture of Franz Erhard Walther, the sculpture of Robert Smithson, the conceptual photographs of Charles Ray, and the films of Sharon Lockhart are some of the additional platforms from which this body of work springs forth.

The choice of location was inspired by the emergence of Los Angeles as a feasible and desirable setting for art-making by a new generation of artists during the past ten years. It's become quite evident that it is possible to create significant works of art within a suburban environment. With the exception of the works produced during two sessions in Stockholm, all of the photographs in the Indoors series were taken in Nassau County, New York

4s - Ahimsa, Oyster Bay | 4s - Anh, Farmingdale | 4s - Claris, Port Washington | 4s - Clarissa, Garden City | Indoors - #2 Kaitlyn, Jenny, Nadine, Jodie, Alexandra, Rael, and Daniela Applying Make-up and Hanging Out | Indoors - #1 Laura Applying Make-up and Yohanna and Sarah | Indoors - #1 Laura and Allison | Indoors - #2 Daniela Applying Make-up On Rael | Indoors - #2 Daniela and Balloon | Indoors - #2 Daniela With Make-up Kit | Indoors - #2 Nadine Tying a Ribbon In Daniela's Hair and Profile Of Rael | Indoors - #2 Rael Applying Make-up | Indoors - #2 Nadine, Kaitlyn, and Daniela | Indoors - #2 Jenny, Nadine, Jodie, Alexandra, and Rael | Indoors - #2 Jenny With Still Life | Indoors - #3 Iveta Applying Make-up On Brianne | Indoors - #3 Jenny With Still Life | Indoors - #4 Jenny and Still Life | Indoors - #2 Jenny and Still Life | Indoors - #5 Alison and Auction Catalogues | Indoors - #5 Alison Applying Make-up | Indoors - #7 Jenny With Still Life | Indoors - #8 Elise With Still Life | Indoors - #11 Sue Ann and Hillary With Still Life | Indoors - #12 Johanna and Anna; Stockholm | Indoors - #12 Anna and Johanna; Stockholm | Indoors - #12 Anna and Johanna; Stockholm |
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