Review of Duets in Three Thousand
Duets is a series of paintings of rockstars in awkward interviews by Simon O’Carrigan, opening on Tuesday at Rubicon ARI. I am excited about this because once I start watching interviews of famous people on Youtube I just can’t stop. It’s because of the fascinating tension between a celebrity’s efforts to maintain a likeable ‘persona’ and the awkwardness of the media interview format. These potential crisis points are what the artist has honed in on in his paintings. Celebrity subjects featured include Bon Scott, Frank Zappa, Igor Stravinsky, Janis Joplin, Iggy Pop, Ozzy Osbourne, Tom Waits, Johnny Rotten, Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum, David Letterman and Dick Cavett – depicted in decidedly unflattering scenarios. Sounds like some good, mean fun!
—Claire Connors, Three Thousand