Untitled No.224 1990

Untitled Film Still No.16 1978

Untitled Film Still No.10 1980

Browsing through Cindy Sherman’s gallery, I still could not believe that all the characters in those images were the same person. I feel that the greatest factor for Cindy Sherman’s success in self portrait is her make-up and dress-up skills; she was extremely savvy in terms of fashion and knew how to manipulate her appeared age, race, or even gender through styling. For instance, she dressed up herself as a male Greek god in the first portrait, and used make-up to outline the muscles on her arm to demonstrate the masculinity of the character. She was also capable of using props in such a way that, reflects the character’s emotion. In the second photo she posed to be a nonchalant housewife who is smoking a cigarette, and watches TV at home. But in the third portrait, which was shot two years later than the second one, Cindy Sherman dressed up as the same housewife from before — but in her younger days. It is amazing to see that time placed no boundaries on Sherman’s work as she always managed to manipulate the character through tools such as make-up, clothing, and various props.

Most Interesting Character – Detroit

Frankie is most interesting character I have encounter so far, because he is a vivid representation of a Detroiter who constantly struggles in his life. In the chapter Gone To The Dogs, Frankie is being portrayed as a victim of the roughness of Detroit; he has been bullied as a kid, got into a devastating car accident, and laid off from work. However, Frankie’s tough character has made him invulnerable to all the obstacles — until his dog past away. The antidote about Frank’s past has exemplified the common experience shared by Detroiters. At first, Frankie tried to tolerate all the pain in his life, however he eventually gave up when the pressure became too much for him to handle. He has been torn down by the city and lost almost everything he had. I sympathize with Frankie, respect him for his persistence, and recognize him as the most interesting character.

“aUTOPIArts”

Known as the City of Motors, Detroit was once the fastest growing city in the world as the booming auto industry made it one of America’s key manufacturing centers and people flocked to Michigan looking for steady jobs and a chance to live out the American dream. In the 21st Century, the unemployment in Detroit has been estimated at close to 50 percent, and the population has shrunk dramatically. Detropia focuses on the people who are struggling to keep a great American city alive in the wake of serious economic and political woes. It also offers troubling facts on the circumstances that led to Detroit’s economic collapse. Detropia also provides a detailed perspective of Detroit from within through the voices of its residents. I am looking forward to finishing the documentary.