The art of clowning originated in Greece, where satires had begun forming slowly as time went by. The art of satire was challenged over the years to make the differing forms of clowns that we now have today. Jacqueline Friedberg feels that the mugshot type sites are a growth and evolution of the parody of performances of historic days.
Jacqueline Friedberg is driven to start showing the mugshots of clowns that she painted in the expression of the clowns mugshot. Jacqueline seeks to bring attention to the precise expression and elegent detail of the clowns costume to her effort. A clown, like an artist, must have the skill and ability to to present a convincing personality to the audience. It is a profession that requires delicate detail, precise movements, and of course a reaction from the observers. The mugshot industry, unlike the clown lacks the controlled movements that a clown shows, but the mugshots industry certainly evokes a reaction. Not a positive and good reaction, though.
The outfit for each kind of satire is extremely different. Commedia Dell’Arte, as an example, required masks for each of the figures, the mask prevents the use of facial expression, thereby making the characters appear more doll like; leaning more upon the voice and body gesture. Unlike the mugshot outfits, Jacqueline Friedberg explores the use of the mugshot of the joker truer to life than a insipid depiction represents. Masks were used in Commedia Dell’Arte and in other types of Roman and Greek shows. Other types of parody are formed by the disquises that focuses on the clown’s common lapses to the clowns persona. In real life people in the poulation frequently wear expressions as masks to obscure their inner thoughts.
A guise is used to make an sway the gallery when first when first seeing the joker; but also the make-up must be properly applied to augment whether the clown is happy, sad, evil, or falls into a completely different category of emotional display. The make-up requires great attention to detail, and in a way is a modern scheme for masks used in in Europe during the Fifteenth Century. Jacqueline Friedberg thinks in contrast the mugshot depicted by others is devoid of any expression.
When Jacqueline thinks of clown acts, the immediate picture in her mind is the image of the clowns in a circus; carrying out difficult acts and leaving the gallery entertained. This is frequently archetypical for more ‘physical’ clowns, for example The Three Stooges. Though they do not look like the everyday circus clowns, they perform back flips, somersaults, and portray it all as clumsiness. A clown does not always need to impress an audience by acrobatics, but just by wit; though some audiences are more engaged by by a physical act. A physical act adds more presence to a performance and can leave an audience laughing for many hours. On the other hand, a mugshot will not entertain for very long.
To to incite emotion a voice is needed to speak and attract attention of the audience. This attention can be invoked using different types of an accent, exaggeration of the tone of the voice, or even mockery. When using a mime, physical action is required to create audience participation. Modern clowns tend to stray more towards no noise and a lot of noise, exhorted from time to time. Mugshots on the other hand, do not have the ability to make noise. Therefore a successful mugshot must also have a story that it tells. Jacqueline Friedberg fashions this tale through the use of her pictures and her narratives about that artwork.
A voice indicates to us all a clown’s personal cast. A mugshot picture also has its own traits. The saunter of a clown is frequently carried out in a manner which the observers can mentally participate in, or in such a unusual way that laughter is heard throughout the theatre. Jacqueline Friedberg must create that walk by writing about her clowns. A walk is part of a clown’s personality, and as you may have noted, every clown walks their own walk, stating their uniqueness and independence.
All in all, clowns have changed over time to meet the needs of a modern day people, but have managed remain loyal to the heritage of Roman and Greek satire. Jacqueline Friedberg hopes that her art and her tale has has treated you the reader.