Untitled

Photograph by
Gaskin, Gerard H., Trinidadian American, born 1965
Subject of
Unidentified
Printed by
Light Work, American, founded 1973
Date
2010s
Medium
ink on Canson Baryta photographique paper
Dimensions
H x W (Sheet) : 20 × 16 in. (50.8 × 40.6 cm)
H x W (Image) : 19 × 12 5/8 in. (48.3 × 32.1 cm)
Description
A color photographic portrait of an unidentified figure in a Ronald McDonald inspired ensemble. The figure stands in center frame, against a dark grey background. They wear a long, bright red wig and their face is painted in white, red and black clown make-up with exaggerated features. They wear yellow colored contacts that have an orange ring around the exterior. They are dressed in a red, yellow and white leather-like harness. The bodice has vertical red and white stripes with a yellow "M" in the center, yellow straps at the waist and a length of gold chain looped at the bottom center. Long white sleeves are attached via yellow straps at the shoulder and wide red straps connected via O-rings. The sleeves extend past the figure's hands, obscuring them. The bottom is composed of yellow leather-like fabric with exaggerated points at the hips. There are red splatters across the garment. The subject looks directly at the camera, with their proper left arm raised. There are no inscriptions, front or back.
Place captured
United States, North and Central America
Portfolio/Series
Legendary Portraits
Classification
Media Arts-Photography
Type
portraits
inkjet prints
Topic
Communities
Dance
Fashion
Gender
Identity
LGBTQ
Music
Nightlife
Photography
Sexuality
Urban life
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2019.71.5
Restrictions & Rights
© Gerard Gaskin
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5c1fc363a-ac56-476c-a43a-9cacc419aeec
2 image(s)