Ever subversive and happy to racy the issues that polite society works hard to suppress, Waters helped to liberate us from social restrictions and norms. In that process, he has created hilarious and provocative filmed entertainment. And since he picked up a still camera more than ten years ago, he has reinvented himself as a powerful and perceptive visual artist.
Scrutinizing videotapes of over-the-top Hollywood movies and forgotten art films that had long obsessed, amused, and fascinated him, Waters started to photograph video stills off his television screen. The hilarious, erotic, rude, revealing, and sometimes poignant moments he captured became the raw material for artworks that Waters began to call his 'little movies.'
In these novel photographic sequences, Waters continues to skewer cultural symbols and stereotypes, and to elaborate on the cultural and subcultural themes that have been central to all his work: race, sex, sanctimony, glamour, class, family, politics, celebrity, religion, the media, and the allure of crime.
JOHN WATERS: CHANGE OF LIFE, published on the occasion of Waters' first major museum exhibition, presents a survey of his still photographic works and stills from his earliest and seldom-seen no-budget films: HAG IN A BLACK LEATHER JACKET, ROMAN CANDLES, and EAT YOUR MAKEUP. The book also includes images of objects from Waters' personal collection that reflect his ongoing fascination with photographic imagery, the mass media, and some of the more outrageous expressions of American popular culture.
Accompanying these artworks, film stills, and quirky images are contributions by notable cultural and art historians that zero in on Waters' cinematic mind and photographic eye, and on surprising artworks that speak for themselves in more subtle and complex ways than ever might be expected.
Note: Our copies come SIGNED BY JOHN WATERS!