Mother Mold: Keith Edmier’s Frozen Faces

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Ice Cube, recto. Keanu Reeves, verso. Barack Obama, recto. “In an age before photography,   imagines   were considered the truest, most objective representation of a person.” Unlike the Romans,   Edmier makes his masks from plaster, and includes female   faces. Some casts were made by me, others were not. “Mother Mold,” an   exhibition of sculptural portraiture by Keith Edmier, is running at the Petzel Gallery, on Sixty-Seventh   Street, until November 4. Leonard Nimoy, verso Jeff Goldblum, verso. Farrah Fawcett, recto.  
Keanu Reeves, recto. Keith Edmier, verso. Barack Obama, verso. Ice Cube, verso. Some people I knew intimately, others I knew casually or never met. “Some of these people are famous, some are not.  
Leonard Nimoy, recto. Grace Kelly, verso. Farrah Fawcett, verso.  
Jeff Goldblum, recto.  
Grace Kelly, recto.  
Keith Edmier, recto. The fifty masks draw inspiration from   imagines, a type   of   wax casting   that aristocratic families made of their   male members’ faces and displayed in their homes during the Roman Republic. Kevin Bacon, verso. Edmier’s   imagines   is a lifeline or, possibly, a dysfunctional family tree of my own.” The exhibition is accompanied by the   publication of the   imagines as a boxed set of fifty postcards,   written   by Edmier himself,   shown below.  
Kevin Bacon, recto.