Courtesy of the artist and Carl Solway Gallery

Bellmer Burlesque

April 1, 2016 - April 30, 2016

Rachel Rampleman, American, b.1975, 2013, 4:02 minutes

Common in many of Rachel Rampleman's videos, Bellmer Burlesque exhibits repetitive motion that borders on the hypnotic. This video pays tribute to Hans Bellmer's 1936 book La Poupée (The Doll), that featured photographs of a life-size female doll made out of modular, jointed body parts, arranged in a variety of contorted postures. The photographs often featured limbless torsos, conjoined bodies, and severed heads. Rampleman was "a bit shocked but utterly intrigued, kind of simultaneously slightly offended and totally bemused" when she discovered Bellmer's surreal figures. Years later, while experimenting with footage of a pair of burlesque dancers, she discovered a technique that allowed her to bisect and mirror their lower bodies. The result is an animated, re-imagination of Bellmer's dolls.