Tuesday, 27 January 2015

# 251

"Does not great affectation in fact characterize all our automata, all our artificial machines, all our techniques? Andy Warhol has found the formula of maximum snobbery here: 'I want to be a machine'. By passing himself, as a unique machine, to the realm of machines and machine made objects, by employing just a touch more simulation and artificiality, Warhol outmanoeuvres the very machinations of this system. Whereas an ordinary machine produces objects, Warhol produces the object's secret aim - which is to be reproduced. He reproduces the object complete with its ultra-purpose, claoked in the secret non-sense that emanates from the very process of object-generation. Where others seek to add a little soul, Warhol adds a little more machinery. Where other's seek a little more meaning, he seeks a little more artifice. Less and less himself, more and more affected, he reaches the machine's magical core by reproducing the world in all its exactness. Less and less the subject of desire - closer and closer to the nothingness of the object." --- Jean Baudrillard, The Transperancy of Evil 

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Monday, 12 January 2015

# 249

The Andy Warhol Museum has 610 of Andy Warhol's 'time capsules' in their archive... Andy stored all sorts of things in these boxes during his life time and he literally kept everything 'crazy collector type' that he was... Since I'm moving houses at the moment, shoving all my personal belongings into cardboard boxes myself, I do wonder if Warhol was simply being practical and storing all his things in boxes in case he quickly wanted/needed to move... I think that's very sensible and I wish I had come up with that Idea myself...  


Saturday, 10 January 2015

# 248

Whenever I feel sad I take Andy's Philosophy or Popism from the shelf and browse through the pages... I always start giggling eventually :)

"Speaking of acid, Gerard took his first trip shortly after we moved to the Factory in January of '64. I walked in one day and there he was with a broom in his hand, crying and sweeping up the loft. Now this - the sweeping - was the kind of thing Gerard never did. He was a good worker as far as stretching and crating went, but one of his big shortcomings was that he could be very slobby (you'd open up his desk drawer and mixes in with notebooks and papers would be his dirty laundry), so when I saw him actually sweeping up, I was stunned. I said to Billy, 'What's wrong with him?' And Billy lifted his head up and turned to me slowly and said, 'He's ... tripping.' Apparently Billy was, too." --- Andy Warhol, Popism

Sunday, 4 January 2015

# 247

"Usually, all I need is tracing paper and a good light. I can't understand why I was never an abstract expressionist, because with my shaking hand I would have been a natural." --- Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol

Friday, 2 January 2015

# 246

"The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do." --- Andy Warhol 

Thursday, 1 January 2015