Saturday, August 27, 2011

It's Rainin' Oo Baby It's Rainin'

All the Hurricane Irene hype made me think of Rihanna's megahit from 2007, "Umbrella." I don't think I've watched the full video since then, but since I'm stuck inside with nothing else to do I've been hitting up You Tube for entertainment. I was struck by how much this video seems to have been influenced by Robert Mapplethorpe (starting at 2:24). I'm not sure whether this was intentional or just a product of the fact that artists have always loved to create abstract forms from the human body. However, the silvery gradation and geometric framing and poses in the video definitely call to mind Mapplethorpe's classically beautiful black and white portraits of Lisa Lyons and other body builders.

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