“Lindsay has an incredible emotional and physical presence on screen,” says artist Richard Phillips of—who else?—Lindsay Lohan. “[She] holds an existential vulnerability, while harnessing the power of the transcendental—the moment in transition. She is able to connect with us past all of our memory and projection, expressing our own inner eminence.”

This reads as a powerful statement on the young emblem of Hollywood excess, whose exploits and legal hysteria have threatened to overshadow her work on screen in recent years. Many may find Lohan a tough pill to swallow as an actress crossing over into the art world, perhaps due to the discomfort that comes with confronting notions of celluloid immortality with the darkness that comes—and has always come—with it. Phillips employs the gravity of Lohan’s magnetism in this, a 90-second film (co-directed by surf videographer Taylor Steele) for the Venice Biennale. Presented by Gagosian Gallery, the clip will air as part of “Commercial Break,” presented by the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture from June 1st through 5th, on an imposing Jumbotron floating the length of the Grand Canal. Phillips accesses his star’s duality, specifically by referencing Brigitte Bardot’s classic identity split in Godard’s Contempt (1963), juxtaposed with “the psychosexual amalgam of Bibi Anderson and Liv Ulman in Ingmar Bergman’s Persona (1966).”

Half-submerged in a Malibu infinity pool that spills out into the Pacific, Lindsay stares off at the California horizon and absorbs all of it in its gaping oblivion. As the churning squall of Tamaryn’s “Cascades” surges in the background, Lohan herself emits a force that feels like forever, but for now it’s at least a welcome return to the screen… if only for 90 seconds, online.

A Richard Phillips Film
Directed by: Richard Phillips and Taylor Steele
Director of Photography: Todd Heater
Costume Designer: Ellen Mirojnick
Creative Director: Dominic Sidhu
Art Director: Kyra Griffin
Editor: Haines Hall
Color mastering: Pascal Dangin for Boxmotion
Second Director of Photography: Alejandro Berger
Directors’ Assistant: Katerina Llanes
Wardrobe Stylist: Ira Hammons-Glass
Hair Stylist: Aaron Light
Make Up Stylist: Mylah Morales
Photographer: Christelle De Castro
Photographer’s Assistant: Gregory Brouillette
Music: Tamaryn and Rex John Shelverton
Production: GE Projects
Typeface(s): Jean-Luc by Atelier Carvalho Bernau

Richard Phillips would like to thank Lindsay Lohan, Eleanore Lieven, Melissa Lazarov, John Good, Natalia Bonifacci, Doug Aitken, Aimee Walleston, Michelle Finocchi, Ania Diakoff, Patrik Sandberg, Chrisitian Kaemmerling and Group Lotus, Lynne Mannino at Spotwelders, Nadia Sadigianis at Box Studios, Jess Rotter at Mexican Summer, Mark Mayer, Celestine Agency, MILK Studios, Chateau Marmont, and Gagosian Gallery. Special thanks to Josephine Meckseper.