For the past five years Catharine Maloney has combined and recorded her interest in men, outer space, and play in her photographic series Teleplay, Part I. The result is a spiral bound 62 page book from Skinnerboox Books (Italy). The book is filled with playful men, bright-makeshift costumes, and backdrops. Her photographs are helter-skelter constructions, manipulated by hand or crudely on the computer, in order to create a strange place.” (https://printedmatter.org/events/394)
“How did Teleplay, Part 1 get started?
I was inspired by looking at old Star Trek episodes and photographs by Ralph Eugene Meatyard. There is a Teleplay, Part 2, I am still working on it.
Where does the title come from?
It’s a play on words, mixing television and play together. I added the “Part, 1” because I want the series of photographs to have a narrative arc.
As low-fi as these are, the process seems to have many layers. Can you tell me a bit more about your process in making these pictures…. from start to finish?
First I find the turtle necks, usually at Goodwill, then I sew gold details onto them from a women’s extra large blouse I found. The models are friends that are hanging out at social gatherings or concerts. They put on the turtle neck and I place them in front of a backdrop or we find a place. I photograph them for fifteen minutes. I like to wait until they get a little bit distracted or are laughing. Sometimes I ask them to do physical actions…the picture is often more interesting when there are multiple people in it. Afterwards I get the film processed and scan it in at home. I add different things to in in Photoshop or by sending it out for cheap prints to monkey with.” Catharine Maloney in an interview with the Humble Arts Foundation (http://hafny.org/blog/2015/5/catharine-maloney-interview)