If you are in New York, May 8th, next Wednesday, “I Only Want You to Love Me,” an exhibition of work by the British photographer Miles Aldridge, opens at Steven Kasher Gallery. The photographs, taken between 2005 and 2012, offer a glimpse into the artist’s cinematic, highly saturated world of female models and conventional household settings.
“I Only Want You to Love Me” is the same title of a 1976 Fassbinder’s film, about a man who seeks desperately to be loved by his parents and then his wife. His tale unfolds, of hard work that never pleases his parents, of a father who denigrates his efforts, of an indifferent mother. He builds them a house. Instead of offering their flat to him and his bride, they give the flat up, so he goes to Munich to work in construction, bringing his wife who is soon pregnant. They buy things on credit; he works overtime. He shows up with flowers and expensive gifts. When construction slows and he works less overtime, he cannot adjust his spending habits: he needs to be loved. Pressures mount. And violence is the way out.
It’s a chronicle of our time, when so many feel loved by buying & having things, clothes, trips, fans, lovers… a tension between have too much and be so empty. And tension is what you see in those great photographs.
Source: New Yorker