New Artworks by John Waters: Preview His 'Rear Projection' Show

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Celebrated for his transgressive camp cinema, John Waters has saturated his recent artworks with enough film-themed irony to leave them dripping, just like the slab of ham in his juicy C-print photograph. HAM! Like a bad actor! Tee-hee-hee. His upcoming show Rear Projection at the Arthur Roger Gallery in New Orleans chortles pointedly with digitally altered Hollywood smiles, “little movies” comprised of sequential photographs of TV screens and oversized meta-textual props. Giant “decorative” roach trap anyone? Spinning off the notion of outdated “rear projection” movie effects, whereby action is filmed against a projected, separately shot background, it looks like a worthy, fun show. Flip through our preview gallery and count the movie lingo puns.

Rear Projection runs at the Arthur Roger Gallery from October 1st through the 29th. Waters will leading a walk-through of the exhibition on October 1st at 1pm, with an opening reception later that evening.

John Waters, Catholic Sin, 2009, C-print (ed.2/5) 27 1/2 x 75 inches. Courtesy Arthur Roger Gallery.

John Waters, Ham, 2009 C-print (ed.1/5) 30 x 40 inches. Courtesy Arthur Roger Gallery.

John Waters, The Hollywood Smile Train, 2009, 8 C-prints (ed.3/5) 20 x 14 inches. Courtesy Arthur Roger Gallery.

John Waters, Look Out!, 2009 21 C-prints (ed.5/5) 15 x 49 inches. Courtesy Arthur Roger Gallery.

John Waters, Product Placement, 2009, 7 C-prints (ed.4/5) 7 x 70 inches. Courtesy Arthur Roger Gallery.

John Waters, Rear Projection, 2009 9 C-prints (ed.5/5) 8 x 90 inches. Courtesy Arthur Roger Gallery.

John Waters, Stalker, 2009, chromogenic print (ed.1/5) 26 1/2 x 24 1/4 inches. Courtesy Arthur Roger Gallery.

John Waters, Pet, 2009, C-print (ed.3/5) 18 x 24 inches. Courtesy Arthur Roger Gallery.

John Waters, Pay or Play, 2009, 5 C-prints (ed.1/5) 4 1/2 x 35 inches. Courtesy Arthur Roger Gallery.

John Waters, Lezzie, 2009, 9 C-prints (ed.1/5) 4 x 54 inches. Courtesy Arthur Roger Gallery.

John Waters, Old Chickens, 2009, 9 C-prints (ed.1/5) 5 x 63 inches. Courtesy Arthur Roger Gallery.

John Waters, Hetero Flower Shop, 2009, 10 C-prints (ed.1/5) 70 x 28 inches. Courtesy Arthur Roger Gallery.

John Waters, Decorative 2009, fiberglass, oil (ed.5/5) 11 1/2 x 60 x 60 inches. Courtesy Arthur Roger Gallery.

John Waters, John Jr., 2009, C-print (ed.5/5) 32 1/2 x 26 inches. Courtesy Arthur Roger Gallery.

John Waters, La Mer, 2009, styrofoam, urethane, plaster, latex (ed.3/5) 36 x 36 x 36 inches. Courtesy Arthur Roger Gallery.

John Waters, Girls Beware, 2009, Cibachrome prints (ed.1/5) 4 x 6 each print. Courtesy Arthur Roger Gallery.

John Waters, Guzzle, 2009, Chromogenic prints (ed.1/5) 5 x 7 each print. Courtesy Arthur Roger Gallery.