Saturday, 31 May 2014
"People's fantasies are what give them problems. If you didn't have fantasies you wouldn't have problems because you'd just take whatever is there. But then you wouldn't have romance, because romance is finding your fantasy in people who don't have it. A friend of mine always says, 'Women love me for the man I'm not.'" --- Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol
Sunday, 25 May 2014
Let's see. We've Andy Warhol, Philip Glass, punk and new wave, the Clash, the Talking Heads and William Burroughs... according to Frederic Jameson my taste in art is as postmodern as can be, haha.
"The concept of postmodernism is not widely accepted or even understood today. Some of the resistance to it may come from the unfamiliarity of the works it covers, which can be found in all arts: the poetry of John Asherby, for instance, but also the much simpler talk poetry that came out of the reaction against complex, ironic, academic modernist poetry in the '60s; the reaction against modern architecture and in particular against the monumental buildings of the International Style, the pop buildings and decorated sheds celebrated by Robert Venturi in his manifesto, Learning from Las Vegas; Andy Warhol and Pop art, but also the later synthesis of classical and 'popular' styles found in composers like Philip Glass and Terry Riley, and also punk and new-wave rock with such groups as the Clash, the Talking Heads and the Gang of Four; in film, everything that comes out of Godard - contemporary vanguard film and video - but also a whole new style of commercial or fiction films, which has its equivalent in contemporary novels as well, where the works of William Burroughs, Thomas Pynchon and Ishmael Reed on the one hand, and the French new novel on the other, are also to be numbered among the varieties of what can be called postmodernism." --- Frederic Jameson, 'Postmodernism and Consumer Society'