Although it’s not always activated in painting, scale is one of the most interesting aspects of an artifact. Monumental garden sculptures by Henry Moore turn you into a child wandering through the looking glass, while gazing up at Louise Bourgeois’ gigantic maternal spiders can leave you feeling meek or apologetic for the rest of the day. If those were tabletop pieces, your emotional reaction to them would be smaller, if not absent.
Each painting is more than a yard square, which isn’t in itself large. But the faces are five or six times life size and, hair-to-chin, fill the rectangle of the canvas. Charlton brings out the drama of the monumental in this enlarging and framing, amplifying the tension between the intimacy of the image and its globally public presentation online.
But make no mistake; these works aren’t about the Internet. They’re about people—Charlton’s daughters and their friends—trying to capture an image that represents them to the world. Existence is inherently dramatic, online and in reality.
Who wouldn't want to live in a house where a strangely indestructible white-masked serial killer began his reign of terror? For many horror fans, Kenny Caperton is living the dream.
Caperton is the owner and proprietor of the Myers House North Carolina, a Victorian residence in rural Hillsborough designed to replicate the veneer of the house used as the residence of the Myers family in John Carpenter's horror classics Halloween and Halloween II.
He moved into the house in March 2009. Since then, it's served as the base for a number of local horror events, and will celebrate its first Halloween Bash starting tonight at 7:30 p.m.
The event includes screenings of the original Halloween and Halloween II, special appearances from two child actors from the horror film The Strangers, a couple of costume contests (including one based around Michael Myers, the iconic killer from the films), a memorabilia raffle and more.
Caperton says he's heard from fans coming in from other states to attend his party: "There's a lot of people who want to check it out. Halloween fans are just like Trekkies." It's only appropriate, given Myers' look originally came from a Captain Kirk mask.
Caperton describes himself as a "crazy Halloween fan" (he even enjoys the Myers-less Halloween III: Season of the Witch). "The original Halloween has been my favorite movie my entire life," Capterton says. "I just grew up with it. I always told everyone that if I could have any house in the world to live in, it would be the Myers house."