Clip Cut Gel by artist Julia Riddiough is an ongoing series of artworks that consider what it means to be a man today; caught in an undefined and contradictory state this work explores masculinity from a range of perspectives.
The artist film Clip Cut Gel tells the story of three men portrayed in the male hairdressing magazines the artist has collected from the 1980’s onwards. The portraits reveal amplified masculine characteristics; drawn from male stereotypes that we see in the visual language that surrounds us everyday; intentionally inverting male anxiety by injecting humour and anecdote. Clip Cut Gel plays with the way the male is looked at and builds it into a spectacle itself. Here the image of the man is seen as passive and raw material for the active gaze of the spectator (perhaps a woman?) as another structure of representation.
Julia Riddiough is a Margate based artist creating vivid film & photographic essays that combine fact & fiction using found imagery often from the archive. Engaging in the debate that surrounds authorship and authenticity and the dilemmas these pose both to the author and the audience. Riddiough has shown her work in London and across the UK including The Whitechapel Artist Book Fair, The Folkestone Triennial Fringe, The Whitstable Biennale Satellite, Multiplied Art Fair/Christies, The London Art Fair and WW Gallery.
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