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Altered art book: page 16 Shooting at Cross Purposes

Posted in ART, MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 26, 2009 by echostains
page-16-shooting-crosses with crosses unfolded

page-16-shooting-crosses with crosses unfolded

On this page I had chosen a lot more sentences then the previous pages (I can’t remember why though,because it was so long ago when I chose them!  The chosen words were:

” They’d shoot at the wooden crosses”

” The door would shake then

the window

then the door again”

page-16-shooting-crosses-folded

page-16-shooting-crosses-folded

“He became a regular at the empire of junk”

“More than a hundred radios”

Now why would someone shoot at wooden crosses? target practise?  Perhaps they were trying to provoke a response (and they got one), hence the windows and door rattling and shaking.  This reminds me very much of page 4 ‘A Question of Life and Death’  but the question is attempted via a ‘seance’. 

 This time the symbolism is questioned (the Cross representing God).  But there is also a kind of ‘most haunted’, ghost hunting, a ‘thrill seeking’  aspect at work.  The situation is calling out for a sign to be given: a sign for proof of the afterlife.

pages-15-and-16 complete

pages-15-and-16 complete

And what exactly IS this ’empire of junk’?  Perhaps its the carbon footprint we leave behind us? Or perhaps this junk consists of useless negative emotions and impulses which we wear as a comfort cloak, whilst they erode, sap and impede our spiritual progress.  Sometimes we need to let go: move on.

I have a few artists in mind for this page: to be continued…….

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Altered art book Page 15 continued: A Trashy Romance

Posted in ART, MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2009 by echostains
page15-someone-was-god

page15-someone-was-god

Page 15 continued……..

The words on this page are: –

‘Someone was God and she was always flirting with him’

‘In her empire of Junk’

My first thought were to go with artists who were either spiritual, God Fearing or who just celebrated God: William Blake sprang to mind.  But then when I thought about it further, it seemed to me that perhaps ‘God‘ taken in this context, might be some sort of hero figure.  There is also a strange kind of romance going on: almost comic book or Mills and Boon.  Perhaps I should have tied some tiny tin cans to the threads that are wrapped  around the hearts…. perhaps not eh.

page15-in her empire of junk

 

 

 

 

page15-in her empire of junk

The words ‘Someone’ was God, suggests that the person is in favour or in the good books or is the flavour of the month (or however long it lasts).  Andy Warhol said that ‘everyone will be famous for 15 minutes’.  Coupled with ‘the empire of junk’,my thoughts then began to turn to our throwaway society, transient and fleeting.  Trashy romances, tabloid fodder: tomorrows chip paper.  Also the darlings of the Art world, here today gone tomorrow, little microcosms  of human life and struggles.

gavin-turk-sid-vicious

gavin-turk-sid-vicious

 Gavin Turk (b.Guildford UK 1967) exhibited a sculpture in the now famous ‘Sensation’  of 1993.  ‘Pop’ was a statue in a vitrine of the artist himself as Sid Vicious imitating the pose of  Andy Warhol’s painting of Elvis as a cowboy. 

elvis-warhol-1963

elvis-warhol-1963

 Turk was trying to get across the idea of the artist as an icon: in a sense the artist’s ‘death’ by becoming an embalmed pop icon.  Turk has turned himself into a prop, an object, a brand name, a commodity.  He has turned a bin bag into a painted bronze; a dirty old sleeping bag into a painted sculpture.  All the viewer needs to take, is that leap of faith and suspension of disbelief for a moment to ‘get’ Turks art. 

quinn-siren

quinn-siren

UK artist Marc Quinn (again) has a fascination with Greek art, which has led to his sculpture ‘Siren’.  The sculpture is of the famous British model Kate Moss and is made entirely of gold.  Quinn is alluding to Moss’s stature as an icon, like one of the Greek Goddess of the ancient world: a Goddess for our time. 

dirtywhitetrash with gulls -1998

dirtywhitetrash with gulls -1998

 UK artist Tim Noble and Sue Webster’s  (1966 and 1967) instillation was literally a pile of old rubbish collected from the streets of London.  ‘Dirty White Trash with Gulls’shows a mountain of rubbish with a projected light showing two shadows on the wall (the artists themselves).  The shadows of two people are surprising given the shape of the rubbish: unexpected.  This instillation was included in the opening show at County Hall London of the Saatchi Gallery.

 

 

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