Monday, April 30, 2007

I am a deeply superficial person

my Warhol obsession inspired me to take a printmaking class at my university. sadly my work is not as innovating as Warhol's, but ill give you a little peak of some decent ones.

social consciousness silkscreen piece on body image - obsession

wood lithography piece - jumanji

first silkscreen: mapping

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

In the future everybody will be world famous for 15 minutes

My future is driven by Warhol, the biggest goal I've ever set for myself was to become a part of either The Warhol Museum or The Andy Warhol Foundation Living in Pennsylvania brings me closer to achieving my goals but until graduation, i will continue to devolge all of the warhol one girl can get her hands on. (even if it has an odd twist.. i must confess that the name of this band caught my attention before their catchy pop/punk-esq music.)

I will leave you with The Dandy Warhols, we used to be friends.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

231 E. 47th Street

Andy Warhol is commonly tied with his art studio, The Factory, which was coined in 1962. A trendy spot for the artsey types of Warhols time to hang out and party. The cleaver name for the studio, expresses the hard, long work warhol did.
Warhol has been constantly criticized for his mass produced art, I understand art should be something that is unique to itself but in the same sense anyone who has done printmaking knows the originality in each piece and detail. Warhol was known primarly known for his silkscreens. It came closest to his idea of proliferation of art. The Factory was not only used for Warhol's silkscreening, but also designing of shoes and a filmmaking studio. Warhol made over 300 experimental underground films - most rather bizarre and some rather pornographic. His first one was called Sleep and showed nothing else but a man sleeping over six hours. Warhol's art was broad and ground breaking for his time, i constantly wonder what life would be like with warhol in the 21st century.

my mind is like a tape recorder with one button---erase

As a child Andy Warhol came down with St. Vitus' disease, an affliction of the nervous system causing involuntary movements usually in the hands and feet which is believed to be a complication of rheumatic fever. This disease led to blotchiness in pigmentation of Warhol’s skin and as an adult, he became somewhat of a hypochondriac. Warhol developed a fear of hospitals and medical doctors, which became Ironic in his death. Being bed-ridden as a child, he became a social outcast among his school-mates and bonded with his mother very strongly it was said. This is where the infamous prince of pop attained his love for the arts. While in bed he used to draw, listen to the radio and collect pictures of movie stars posting them around his bed. Warhol later described the period of his sickness as very important in the development of his personality and in the forming of his skill-set and preferences.

Thursday, April 5, 2007

I believe in low lights and trick mirrors

art 1 (ärt)
1. Human effort to imitate, supplement, alter, or counteract the work of nature.
2.a. The conscious production or arrangement of sounds, colors, forms, movements, or other elements in a manner that affects the sense of beauty, specifically the production of the beautiful in a graphic or plastic medium.

The concept of art varies from one individual to another; I have argued with few that Warhol was not an artist but rather a master of producing imitations. Warhol’s works, which typically mocked the ordinary I feel, shows others the beauty that can be found in the ordinary. Creating a masterpiece with untraditional colors and symmetry.

The most beautiful thing in Tokyo is McDonald's.
The most beautiful things in Stockholm is McDonald's.
Peking and Moscow don't have anything beautiful yet.

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Why do people think artists are special? It's just another job

Two amazing bands with tributes to Warhol.

In these two music video creations you get to witness some of warhols most popular works along with great music. Music changes the way people look at things, it can open your eyes to things you might not have noticed before.

Edward Smith: Why is it more of a pleasure to do 30 or 40 pictures than to do just one?
Andy Warhol: Then I can, uh, listen to my soundabout which looks just like the thing that I'm wearing now, and you can listen to opera and stuff like that.
Edward Smith: Does that mean you don't have to think when you're painting?
Andy Warhol: No, you can listen to really good music.
Edward Smith: So, what, painting is an excuse to listen to really good music?
Andy Warhol: Oh, yeah.
Interview with Edward Lucie Smith on BBC Radio 3 (17 March 1981)

I'm afraid that if you look at a thing long enough, it loses all of its meaning.

I consider myself a self proclaimed Warholic, viewing, reading and watching whatever I can lay my eyes on of Andy’s.
I kind of find myself baffled when people ask me Andy, who? Andy, WHO? How do you explain one of the most influential artists to pop art? Once you enlighten the individuals about the Campbell’s soup cans, or the Marilyn Monroe portraits people usually recognize his works right away. But what about him, the artist? His obscure thoughts are documented in the philosophy of Andy Warhol, one of his autobiographies.
One of the most infectious aspects of Warhol to me was his brilliant quotes here are some of my favorites.

Don't pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches.

During the 1960s, I think, people forgot what emotions were supposed to be. And I don't think they've ever remembered.

I love Los Angeles. I love Hollywood. They're beautiful. Everybody's plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic.

If you want to know all about Andy Warhol, just look at the surface of my paintings and films and me, and there I am. There's nothing behind it.