Culture Overload

Trip Start Jan 08, 2005
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Trip End May 16, 2005


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Sunday, April 3, 2005

I went into the city today to check out a couple of art exhibitions. The VCE Top Arts exhibition which is a selection of artwork from around Victoria deemed meritable. I love looking at youth art as some of it is incredibly original and talented. I really enjoyed the fashion design dresses that had been designed. Makes me want to focus on fashion design and creating wearable art. I've added it to my to do list. I then went to the Warhol Time Capsule's exhibit, which was extremely fascinating. The time capsules were a series of cardboard boxes that Warhol had put keepsakes, inspiration, and gifts from admirers into as a means of organization as he was an utter packrat. It was neat to see what had influenced him as an artist and to see not really his artwork but what served as inspiration. Also because he was a pop artist many of the artifacts were media pieces dealing w/ the current events of that time period, for example Kennedy's assassination and Warhol's own shooting as well as media on famous stars whom Warhol then did portraits of (for example Marilyn Monroe).

It was funny how after seeing Warhol's exhibit I have been thoroughly influenced by him. I've always loved his work but there were so many methods that are similar to Warhol's methods. It just goes to show you that rarely is art truly original anymore. Even though you may not realize it at the time you can produce something that you feel is original only to find that another artist had done the same thing and maybe you already had seen this work! It's just a way that information get caught in the subconscious and commonly through art will come back into creation again consciously or not. For example the large portraits I had completed of Jen, Plumer and James are all reminiscent of Warhol's portraits. Simplifying colors and painting them in a stenciled way. Derek a friend of mine works in this way and even uses a opaque projector to transfer the images which technique Warhol also employed. I also found it interesting that Warhol worked quite a bit w/ stamping, carving his own of which I've done both. Also the boots piece that I've done correlates strongly w/ Warhol's work from the title dealing "The gospel according to Nancy Sinatra" which is pop culture related to the appearance being very poppy and the fact that it's of shoes, Warhol had a shoe fetish. Whether you realize it or not, the media and people around you will ultimately generate who you are, how you act and what you do. Much of this isn't even realized just manifests itself through your subconscious. Many of the works from the youth art exhibit dealt w/ the subconscious, another theme I have explored through much of my work.

Irregardless I think it was very helpful to seek out what other art is out there as it serves as a reinforcer to what I produce. I've been suffering a lack of motivation lately as you get deterred when your art is not well received. I have put together my website and put out 30 or so email (which for one is an atypical way of submitting artwork to galleries) submissions, only to get 2 responses back total of which both regrettably tell me my art work will not fit in with the aesthetics of their gallery. I'm basically just having a bitch right now, but it's always helpful to get things off your chest and you can choose to read this or not:-)

So on the theme of mass media and what has been inspirational to me lately. Fashion, Music: The new Spoon (thanks Donnie), Beck, Architecture in Helsinki...
Books: The Sandman's, This is my Surfboard and Pleasant Avenue
Both books by a past Triple J announcer recounting in a very sarcastic and unmonumental way his youth and in This is my Surfboard, his 4th most embarrassing moment to date. I love the way in which he writes, utterly unemotive and so funny! It relates his antidotes to being a social outcast which I can relate to:-)
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