Thursday, 27 June 2013

# 104


"Money doesn't worry me, though I sometimes wonder where is it? Somebody's got it all." --- Andy Warhol 

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

# 103

     ... you gotta love Lou Reed ... 


Tuesday, 25 June 2013

# 102

"Someone said that Brecht wanted everybody to think alike. I want everybody to think alike. But Brecht wanted to do it through Communism, in a way. Russia is doing it under government. It's happening here all by itself without being under a strict government; so if it's working without trying, why can't it work without being Communist? Everybody looks alike and acts alike and we're getting more and more that way." --- Andy Warhol

Monday, 24 June 2013

# 101

"Beauty in danger becomes more beautiful, but beauty in dirt becomes ugly." 
--- Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol

... I don't really agree with him 

Saturday, 22 June 2013

# 100

I just came back from my first conference. It took place at The Bluecoat Gallery in Liverpool and it was  part of the Lyceum Project which is organized by two of my lecturers in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Liverpool. 

Today's last speaker was Eileen John from the University of Warwick and the topic of her presentation was 'Appreciating the Art One Doesn't Like'. I found her speech thought provoking in many ways but what immediately captured my attention was her reflection on how we sometimes come to appreciate art that we don't like or that we even find 'ugly'. It not only made me remember my very first encounter with the art of Andy Warhol, which was an experience of initial disliking turning into immense appreciation, it also made me ask: is there such a thing as an aesthetics of the 'ugly'? (as opposed to Kant's famous Analytic of of the BeautifulAnd, what does 'ugly' mean? What exactly is this feeling of disliking and does it have reflective aesthetic value?

Thursday, 20 June 2013

# 99

All the hard work paid off ... Beginning in January 2014, I'll continue my studies at the University of Liverpool as a PhD student.

Saturday, 15 June 2013

# 98

"Even beauties can be unattractive. If you catch a beauty in the wrong light at the right time, forget it. I believe in low lights and trick mirrors. I believe in plastic surgery." --- Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol

Thursday, 13 June 2013

# 97

It is well known that Andy Warhol's mother Julia played an elementary role in his life. She was always supportive of Andy's artistic talent and always saw how gifted he was. Yet, she also had her own fair share of creativity and artistry. She even signed some of her son's artworks, simply because Andy found his mother's handwriting more beautiful than his own. All of this was already known to me. What I didn't know  until just now was that she actually won an award for her calligraphy. Julia Warhola is responsible for the cover design of the LP The Story of Moondog by the blind, American composer and musician Moondog (1957). I find the album cover very beautiful. The playful handwriting, the sloping lines, the use of green, blue and purple ink. Simple and effective. Moreover, thanks to youtube, one can actually listen to some of the songs on the LP, and, as you can see, I have already picked my favourite :)

Apparently Moondog lived on the streets of New York City for about 30 years of his life. He was friends with Bernstein and Glass and later moved to Germany where he died in 1999. He had been blind since he was 16 years old and he was mainly a self-taught musician. It is said that he felt great admiration for Germany (something that strikes me as odd, being German I do not share this admiration haha) and it inspired him to wear self-made viking costumes... If you're interested in Moondog, it is worth googling him! I just started to read a couple of articles so I can't say that I now much about him yet ... So, if you find out more, let me know because I'm definitely intrigued! :)

Monday, 10 June 2013

# 96

New category: self-made Pop video ... freshly delivered from Liverpool city ... (something for foot fetishists, hahaha)

Saturday, 8 June 2013

# 95

Today, Arturo Vega passed away. He was the guy behind the famous Ramones logo and he also worked as their lighting director and T-Shirt manufacturer .... So, basically all these little punk kids (and a lot of unknowing fashion victims) carry Arturo's design on their chest .... He was a great artist ... I hope he found peace among all the other Ramones who sadly passed away so early ....
"All the London bands were hanging out in the alleyway, trying to get into the Roundhouse to see the Ramones. Johnny Rotten asked me if he could come through the back door and meet the band. He asked 'If they don't like me will they beat me up?' He thought the Ramones were a real gang, ha ha ha." --- Arturo Vega, Please Kill Me


# 94

Today I'm too lazy for anything ... the weather is actually sunny here in Liverpool and I feel like lying on the lawn outside my student accommodation, just staring at the daisies all day ... 

Friday, 7 June 2013

# 93

self-made Pop Art

... that's what you get from a Brazilian lemonade can :)

Thursday, 6 June 2013

# 92

a few vulgar pigs:

(L) Cause that's because they're tripping over their own noses. Which I amn't.
(L) Well that's ... (Music gets  louder.)
Lucky, there are a few vulgar pigs left in the world.
(L) Vulgar. That word vulgar's all ... anyway. It is.
Vulgar can only exist when the other exists with it. Right? 
(L) Right but ...

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

# 91

"It is worth asking oneself how many other American artists would have made the headlines had they been shot. The New York Post informed its readers 'Andy Warhol Fights for Life', on the assumption that its readers would know who was being talked about, and would have bought a copy of the paper to find out more. Of no other artist in America would this have been true. The Post's readers would have known that he was the guy who painted Campbell's Soup Cans. Even if we had given up painting, he remained an artist in the public mind. The fact that he now made movies instead of paintings meant that he was an artist who made movies. He had expanded the concept of the artist who made movies. He had expanded the concept of the artist as someone who no longer limited his product to one particular medium. There would have been no other American artist of whom something like that was true. He really reinvented the concept of the artist as free to use whatever medium presented itself. Even the most creative artists lived conventional artists' lives in comparison with his. He persisted in his view that painting, in his own case at least, was a finished phase, without this meaning that he was not continuing to be an artist. He had simply found ways of continuing to be an artist who no longer painted. That did not mean he felt comfortable about what he was, as Leo Castelli said about him. It just meant that feeling comfortable was no part of being an artist as he understood it." --- Arthur C. Danto, Andy Warhol