Brandon LaBelle

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History of the Masked Man

The mask enables a transforming of identity: from the super-hero to the underground terrorist, the masked man in particular appears as a figure of extraordinary strength, a fantasy of magical power, or as someone outside or beyond the law. The masked man performs as an Other onto the scene of culture, transgressing particular borders and boundaries to fulfill deeds of terror, justice, sensuality, sport and clowning. His work seems to suggest that masking is a central motif for the masculine subject.

Exhibited at Bergen Academy, as part of The Invisible Seminar
January 2012

Exhibited at Errant Bodies, as part of the Not I exhibition
January 2012