Los Angeles-based artist Alex Israel uses Hollywood as a material to produce videos, objects, performances, and installations. AS IT LAYS, 2012 employs the television talk-show format as a platform to produce contemporary portraits.
Using his own flat and backdrop works as set, Israel interviewed some of Hollywood’s most fascinating personalities in a manner that is uncomfortably blank and stoic.
The work investigates the absurd behaviors and quotidian rituals that make up the waking hours of each subject’s life. Through an awkward hilarity, these interviews deflate the mystique of Hollywood, engaging each participant in a humbling performance of the self.
UMOCA is proud to present nearly five hours of AS IT LAYS, featuring unforgettable interviews with Vidal Sassoon, Bret Easton Ellis, Marilyn Manson, and many more.