Minneapolis-based Peter Zarnoti's color photographs involve staging female models in visually compelling settings, each unique in their narrative and evocative content. The results are hyper-saturated, theatrical and surrealistic with combined elements of art history and contemporary pop culture.
Zarnoti's Liberty Leading the People is a contemporized rendition of French Romantic artist Eugène Delacroix's painting depicting the Rebellion of France in 1830. Zarnoti has supplanted the suggestively clothed 19th century heroine with one of brash nudity wearing a militaristic red beret.
In another lush Untitled photograph Zarnoti portrays a truly contemporary Minneapolis pop icon, artist Patti Paulson and her notorious Lipstick Car, a white Pontiac Grand Am embellished with kisses, compacts, lipstick tubes, beads, jewels, feathers and glitter, topped with a giant tube of lipstick! Patti poses as a clowning pin-up against the car's hood, all playfully complimented by a phantasmal painted background.
The rest of the exhibit promises other images with equal drama and sly commentary, from neo-Pre Raphaelite Twin Cities lakeside nudes to burlesque figures and parodies of fashion shoots.