Watch: Lindsay Lohan, ‘Transformed’ By Richard Phillips

Trainwreck Becomes Art

The newly sober Lindsay Lohan has, apparently, a new lease on life now that she is clean and sober and to reflect her drug/alcohol-free new life she enlisted the help of artist Richard Phillips to create a short film that will show the world just how clean and sober she truly is. The film is titled Lindsay Lohan and it runs 90 seconds long. Watch it out in full below.


Are you ready for the next art star? Even if it happens to be Lindsay Lohan? Thanks to the painter Richard Phillips, pop culture’s current tragic heroine is making a cogent leap from the tabloids to the art world. The vehicle for her transformation is “Lindsay Lohan,” a 90-second ad for her more sober self that Phillips directed. It debuts next week in “Commercial Break,” an upstart program of artists’ videos put together by Neville Wakefield for the opening festivities of the 54th Venice Biennale. With the “Lohan” video, shot last month in Malibu, Calif., by the surf-king filmmaker Taylor Steele, Phillips is also banking on a new direction. Last we looked, he was strictly a painter, albeit one with a certain fixation on the power of media gods and goddesses to distract us from the people they really are. “I’ve never made a film, not even on an iPhone,” Phillips said (by iPhone) from an exhibition hall near Zurich, where he was hanging “Painting and Misappropriation,” a show he first organized last year for the Swiss Institute in New York. “In some ways the video relates to my art, but it’s also a way to think about a new kind of portraiture.” In “Lindsay Lohan,” the beleaguered beauty is captured mostly in close-up, and in attitudes that Phillips appropriated from two 1960s movie classics, Jean-Luc Godard’s “Contempt” and Ingmar Bergman’s “Persona,” starring Brigitte Bardot and Liv Ullmann, respectively. The skimpily clad Lohan stands in for each, appearing anguished, introspective, seductive, sleepy, hurt, querulous, innocent and always alone. The links Phillips makes between her and the roles that Bardot and Ullmann play in the films may be subtle, but they are distinct. “What fascinates me about Lindsay are not her problems but the way she embodies an eminence on the level of a Bardot or an Ullmann,” Phillips said. “She’s a combination of the fantastic and the real, which is what makes her so magnetic. She can also bring forward an existential presence that speaks to the isolated self.” Both “Persona” and “Contempt,” he pointed out, examine those issues, and his brief psychological portrait of Lohan attempts to unite the irreconcilable differences in her divided personality.

Uh huh … this reasoning and explanation is … interesting. The film, I’m afraid, is not. I’m sorry … but I’m still not ready to take anything that Lindsay Lohan does seriously well … seriously. Especially since today is the day that she turned herself into jail to being serving her 120 day sentence for her jewelry theft conviction and she was immediately released to serve out her punishment at home for the next 45 days. Unless we see Lindsay peering out at photographers from her windows for the next month or so (which I wouldn’t put past her, to be honest), at the very least we’ll get a bit of a break from her entirely.

And there’s the silver lining …

As for this short film … what do y’all think?

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  1. c-word

    well, there’s 90 seconds of my life that i’ll never get back. artsy or not, that was just dumb, IMHO ;)

  2. Wow that was deep~

    Lmfaooooo I really can’t with her anymore.

  3. lilly

    she still looks horrible. there’s something wrong with her upper lip…like an injection gone wrong. :/

  4. ganesh

    i think she is stunningly gorgeous….i think she is amazingly screwed up…i think she has been cursed with ferociously fucked up parents….and i think she deserves the same understanding that the rest of us wish for when we commit trangressions…that’s not to say that she shouldn’t pay for the crimes she commits but i do think she deserves the same humanity that we all would want if we were in her position…..Grace…it’s a powerful force when we can allow ourselves to forgive another person…

    • c

      forgive? Has she killed your cat or something?

    • Mandy

      LOL!!

    • truthyisalways

      Right-o on the parents front. I think we all wish that Lindsay would do a Britney and get right, but that was through the vigorous intervention of concerned, responsible and sane parents. It does make me genuinely sad that Lindsay isn’t going to get this from her parents. There’s no such lifeline anywhere for her.

  5. Tawnie

    Bahahaha Oh lord, was that suppose to be serious? What a humble way to show people you are sober and clean *applause*

  6. Megan

    I laughed through that whole thing, she’s so stuck in her own little world…it’s a bit sad really!

  7. HeatherLea_1340

    Phillip’s next masterpieces?

    Courtney Love?
    Mischa Barton?
    (Please, dear God)
    Amy Winehouse!?

  8. Kristi

    Looked like a bad Calvin Kline perfume commercial…

  9. Ria

    Her lips! They’re a creature on their own! Ick.

  10. Kelly

    um……what?!?!?! the hell?!!?!?! was THAT???????? what is the point of this? what a waste of time.

  11. Candice

    I think she looks beautiful but she looks like a beautiful 35 year old. How old is she again? Sorry Trent, she’s not going to MiA for her sentence -there’s already pictures of her opening her door and welcoming visitors. It will be interesting to see how many visitors she gets per day. It’s the perfect summer vacation for her — ocean breeze, friends coming to your house every day, unlimited lounging in pjs. Sign me up for L.A. jail time!

  12. Heather

    she needs to cool it on the lip injections…

  13. Panti Christ

    I give her kudos for doing something creative with her time. Not every piece can be a masterpiece…

  14. BeeBop

    I can’t believe he thinks Lindsay Lohan has even a freckle of the talent and beauty that Liv Ullman has. He is as delusional about Lindsay as she is of herself.

  15. Brittny Doll

    c: dot
    C: dot run
    C: Lindsay
    C: Lindsay act sorry, act zen, act combersome

    Pretty pathetic video for trying to say you’re drug clean

  16. Marina

    Ewe her boobs are noooot pretty when she’s laying on her back, yukh

  17. Nicola

    LOL. That is all.

  18. I really like it actually. I thought it was nice. Hopefully it’ll help her to begin rebranding herself.

    JRP
    [http://the-no-names.com]

  19. Jules

    It’s better than her snorting blow and getting wasted. Art saves and she does look good, people try to be so critical and put others under microscopes. Nobody’s Purfect.

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