Friday, December 05, 2008

Eye Candy Friday: Bifurcated for your pleasure.

This week's ECF is divided into to two separate treats, one for the eye and one for the mind's eye. The latter exists simply for the reason that I had no camera to capture the full wonder of the vision (if I had one, I'd have to capture it surreptitiously). I'm speaking of Kenneth Goldsmith's lecture last Saturday on Andy Warhol at Dia:Beacon. More specifically, I'm speaking of Goldsmith's attire, which you'll have to use that mind's eye of yours to muster some semblance of its glory through my inadequate description. Goldsmith was dressed in a what I'd call a "still life" two piece suit with a classical (floral/fruit?) motif that floated somewhere between wallpaper and tapestry in violet and olive tones over a dark, almost black field. An intense solid purple sweater with matching tie, under which the collar of a dress shirt of striped violets nested, sneakers in the elusive grey color I've only seen on the Audi TT Roadster - with maroon laces, and a metallic silver tote bag finished of the ensemble.
Please note my improvised sample board to aid you in an approximate visualization of the ensemble.

Goldsmith read from a prepared lecture in a natural way and gave a remarkable talk. He spoke of Warhol and his work in a broad, holistic manner, drawing relationships to the zen qualities of nothingness and the absence of the author in the work of Cage and Ginsberg. He invoked Obama's comments on the Jeremiah Wright controversy which didn't shrink from the inherent complexities of the world and relationships (an approach unusual for a politician) to illustrate the intensely complex implications of Warhol's work existence.

His description of Warhol as a 360 degree man - one complete with nuanced and contradicting complexities - one lacking a flattened side on which he can be easily rested for convenient storage rhymed with Dia's room-ringing installation of the Shadow paintings. The gallery took on more significance as a meme for the man whose blending effect (on life and work, high and low culture, etc.) leaves little opportunity for discernable beginning and ending points.
Goldsmith's talk was excellent and several companions felt this to be the best of the museum's talks thus far....Unfortunately, this talk seemed to not be recorded as the others have.

So the second portion of candy referred to at the beginning of this post also relates to Kenneth Goldsmith as he is a Founding Editor and Publisher of UbuWeb (; I've referred to the site previously. UbuWeb a dizzying archive of artist videos, images, and words that is ever-growing as a form of networked culture hive.
UbuWeb is a completely independent resource dedicated to all strains of the
avant-garde, ethnopoetics, and outsider arts. All materials on UbuWeb are being
made available for noncommercial and educational use only. All rights belong to
the author(s). UbuWeb is completely free.
Indeed it is candy for the eye and the eye's mind. Go there and root around; new items are being added all the time. There's so much diversion and distraction online that eats up one's time. This site too can easily devour your time, but in contrast to so much else, what it excretes is the sweetest of honey.

No comments: