This has been inspired by the Hollywood Icon “Marilyn Monroe” of the Golden Age of Hollywood in classic photographic subway grate scene for film The Seven Year Itch (1955) in which her dress is blown upwards by a passing subway train in New York.
I have taken a difference stance by taking it out of context, juxtapose, and displaying this as a poster image on the cell wall in a prison cell. This has been inspired by the scene in the film “The Shawshank Redemption” (1994) starring Tim Robbins (as Andy Dufresne) and Morgan Freeman (as Ellis Boyd “Red”) in which he gives Andy a poster of "Marilyn Monroe" for his 10 year Anniversary for his prison sentence which he displays on his wall. During the film Bob Gunton (as Warden Samuel Norton) finds the escape route tunnel made by Andy by putting his hand through the poster image of “Rita Hayworth”, I’ve replaced this with "Marylyn Monroe" image and indicated this with a Target on the figure indicating the position of the hole.
Marilyn is standing on a grate above a subway, gridded into squares, and represents a secret message in Binary Code. An infill square of either, Blue, Red or Yellow indicates a 1 in the Binary Code, such that from left to right it will display a Letter from the Alphabet, and forms two words. Inspired a chess board, gridded 8 by 8, compete against each other. Also, inspired by the Disco dance floor lights of the 1970s.
The upper Birds have been included from my previous work “Tug of War & Peace (2015)” which depicts two Doves pulling on an Olive Branch with word “Peace”, ironically similarly from the caged Birds scene from the film “Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)”
I have been inspired by simple outline drawings, in thick ink, with infill textures, and comic text, such as the work by Roy Lichtenstein, Michael Craig-Martin and Julian Opie, Angela Bulloch.
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