Bodies of Waters: 17 artists’ works inspired by the films of John Waters
You can’t talk about John Waters without talking about Baltimore. This city’s landscape, dense with row houses and hugging Chesapeake Bay, gives his films a distinct ambience. Amy Casey captures that ambience in an acrylic on paper painting that shows Baltimore as a shining city on a hill accessible only by a noodle loop of highway.
But, of course, Waters films are more renowned for their deviance than for their ambience. Accordingly, you can’t expect to have a show featuring Waters-inspired work without a nod to Divine (the transvestite fixture in Waters’ films) — and there are a number of nods here, including a mixed-media painting by Paul Chatem that resembles a child’s board game.
Another Waters character, Hatchet-Face — from the film Cry-Baby—is the subject of a stunningly detailed and richly shadowed oil painting by Floyd Jaquay.
Thanks to such great entries, this show’s a triumph in its own right. But it’s also a triumph of coordination with other nonprofits involved in Waters’ upcoming visit to the Madame Walker Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 12, as part of the Spirit & Place Festival.