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Cynthia Albritton Biography
Who was Cynthia Albritton ?
Cynthia “Plaster Caster” Albritton, an avid music fan who became famous in the ’60s and ’70s for her plaster casts of rock stars’ erect penises, has died after a long illness. She was 74 years old.
The death of the self-proclaimed “recovering groupie” and 2010 Midwest mayoral candidate was confirmed by her representative, Variety first reported.
The South Side Chicago native began her career as a cast in the Windy City around 1968 after meeting an unlikely employer: iconoclastic rocker Frank Zappa found the 20-year-old’s artistic vision amusing and creative, albeit he refused to pose for her, and helped her move to Los Angeles.
US artist Cynthia Albritton aka Cynthia Plaster Caster poses with the penis freom casts Ronnie Barnett (l) and Richard Lloyd (r) from her show ‘Penis Dimension’ in Bad Doberan, Germany, 14 July 2015. The exhibition ‘Penis Dimension’ which will open in conjunction with the Zappanale music festival. The exhibition consists of plaster casts of penises and breasts of famous musicians created by the American artist Cynthia Plaster Caster from the 1960s.
American artist Cynthia Albritton, aka Cynthia Plaster Caster, poses with the penis she molds, which she made with the help of Ronnie Barnett of The Muffs and Richard Lloyd of the band Television.
Although guitar god Jimi Hendrix—he “met” him at the Chicago Hilton and Towers in ’68—was his first cast, he later expanded his oeuvre to include male filmmakers and, eventually, the breasts of female performers like Peaches, Karen Or the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and many others. (Albritton revealed that she found many assistants who helped prepare her models for her art.)
Cynthia Plaster Caster in an interview in New York City
Cynthia Plaster Caster meets with the press in New York ahead of her first art show in 2000.
“I was trying to find a way to mold a penis, so I thought, ‘Well, let’s put together a kit because that will make it even more absurd and ridiculous, and it will look professional and create more laughs,'” she said in a 2000 interview.
Her process ended with the addition of a dental-casting substance called alginate, which solidified around the subject’s private part and then slipped off as the participant “cooled off,” Deadline reported.
Feminists at the dawn of the women’s movement “had a very negative view of what Cynthia Plaster Caster was doing,” author and social critic Camille Paglia revealed in 2000. “They assumed it was demeaning and I thought it was the opposite.” .
Paglia added that the casts actually represented “women taking over.”
When the artist’s apartment was robbed in 1971, Albritton and Zappa decided that the 25 casts in her collection should be preserved for a future exhibition and entrusted them to Zappa’s business and legal partner, Herb Cohen. However, the rock stars refused to display her penises, resulting in a hiatus in casting that lasted until 1980.
Gene Simmons of KISS in the song “Plaster Caster”
During his decade off, Albritton’s work was immortalized by Gene Simmons of KISS in the song “Plaster Caster” from the classic 1977 album “Love Gun,” which included the iconic lyric: “My love is in your hands…” The cast is getting harder. And my love is perfection. A token of my love for your collection.”
Meanwhile, when she tried to get them back, Cohen refused, resulting in a legal battle in 1993. The artist eventually reacquired all but three of them when the court ruled in her favor.
Albritton finally got that debut exhibition of her work in New York City in 2000.
The following year, she was the subject of the documentary “Plaster Caster” and was also featured in the 2005 BBC documentary “My Penis and I”, which detailed filmmaker Lawrence Barraclough’s internal struggle to come to terms with the size of his own penis. .
In a rare career change of pace, Albritton ran unsuccessfully for mayor of her hometown of Chicago in 2010 on the “Tough Party” ticket, with a campaign promise to be “tough on crime.” “.
“I am not a politician,” Albritton said at the time. “I am an ordinary citizen who is sick and tired of seeing our city’s problems escalate and I believe we ALL need to get involved to help make our city the best it can be.”