I wonder if Patti Podesta, the curator of the massive Kubrick exhibit currently on display at LACMA, intended for this saucy optical illusion when designing the Clockwork Orange room?
It’s not apparent to the eye when you’re actually in the space and in the hundreds of photos I’ve seen posted online of these sex doll mannequins, not once did this suggestive illusion boldly appear in a frame…which is why I think it must have been intentional! It’s hidden just enough to still be good.
Did I see the mouth on the far back wall subconsciously? Maybe. But it wasn’t until going through my photos today that I registered it.
I wasn’t looking through the lens when I took this picture. I had sneakily propped the camera on a tight corner of a display case to try and get a steady shot of the room, I looked through the viewfinder only to set focus and make a rough frame because I was scrunched up against a wall.
But I admit, it was a cheap thrill to notice it there today. So rude! Perfectly rude.
I think these two porcelain milk maids have been the most photographed thing of this overwhelmingly iconic exhibit.
Under the spotlights in the museum setting, they look like artifacts from another world. They look like Gods.