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?