Finally September 20, 2008Posted by whatacharacter in just my blogs.
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I wasnt planning on painting just yet, but I couldn’t pass up an invite to participate in a group show last month. My first painting in 2 years was inspired by a Picasso cubist work, recalling the ancient classical theme of 3 dancers, while putting my own touch on the style. This is the start of a style I’ve contemplated, and worked up in test sketches but never a finished piece. Until this one … as much as one can finish a piece in time for the hanging deadline.
I miss oils, and this was done in acrylic so as to not smell up my new apartment. But what I would give to do a figurative series like this in oils!
“Dancers” 14×11 acrylic
My Interview with a Famous Tomato Soup Can September 17, 2008Posted by whatacharacter in Art, humor, life.
Tags: Campbell's soup can, Tomato soup, Warhol
Interview with a Soup Can
by G.H. Humes © 2008
The following is a rare exclusive interview with Andy Warhol’s famous can of Campbell’s Condensed Tomato Soup [TM reg. pat. off.], which was Campbell’s first brand of soup originating in1897, appearing in the upper left corner of Warhol’s renowned “32 Campbell’s Soup Cans” series of 1962.
This insightful talk offers a rare candid glimpse into the trend setting New York art scene of the early 60’s. How excited I was to be able to interview such a star icon of pop culture! The can obliged to meet with me with the provision that no Swiss army knives or oyster crackers could be in the room. [note: all instances of referring to the can as “Tom” have been removed at the agent’s request.]
I: Thank you for you time Tomato Soup can. It’s been over 46 years since being discovered by Andy Warhol, and making it to the top of the silk-screening scene at “The Factory” in New York City. Your popularity today shows no signs of drawing back. How did you feel back then, going from one factory canning process, to another in art at “The Factory”?
Can: “ ”
I: Yes, it is indeed one of those existential questions without easy or utter-able answers. I suppose it was by random chance you were preserved from consommé or otherwise consumed existence (self referring laughter ensues). Tell us how are you feeling after all these years?
Can: “Exp. date Nov 1969”
I: *laughs* Many of us feel past our expiration dates by a certain age, but certainly you don’t look too yellow around the label. Time has been good, and I’m sure you’ve seen much. Care to relate any wild tales from the NY art scene of the 60s?
Can: “ ”
I: Your hesitancy is natural, and if you prefer to keep your memories private we’d understand … but could you offer perhaps just one tidbit of enlightenment to our readers?
I: Indeed! The confluence of diverse inspirational catalysts certainly permeated the very air in those heady times! Besides Mr Warhol himself, who else would you say were some of the top movers and shakers in those days?
Can: “ ”
I: Perhaps you speak of John Cage. It would be hard to say who else, with so many of the avant-garde counter-culture running around The Factory – like musicians Lou Reed, John Cale, Nico … filmakers, photographers, painters, actors … and who can forget Ultra Violet, or Edie Sedgwick?
How do you feel that the highest price paid for any of the Soup Cans was $11.66 million US in 2006, for a torn labeled Pepper Pot can … and not Tomato?
Can: “ ”
I: As diplomatic an answer as I can imagine. I’ve felt it somewhat gauche that certain puerile interests in human nature find cans in various states of undress more provocative.
It’s interesting to me that few realize that there were 32 different Campbell’s soup can flavors appearing in the original 1962 show, yet you remain the most iconic of the group!
Do you think the Chicken with Stars soup can is still as presumptuous as back then? And what do you say about the modern “Healthy Choice” low sodium can version of you today?
Can: “ ”
I: Tactful answer. Yes, probably best not to say without your lawyers present. However, if I may ask … which do you prefer, mixing with water or milk?!
Can: “ ”
I: *laughs* Maybe you burned the photos by now. Quite the steamy pot running around the streets of the Village back then, eh wot?
Regarding Warhols choice to pick you as a pop icon: it seems he consumed quantities of similar soup substances before holding you up before the world. It’s been debated whether someone’s suggestion prompted him, nevertheless he was quoted as saying “I wanted to paint nothing. I was looking for something that was the essence of nothing, and that was it.”
How do you feel about that statement?
Can: “ ”
I: Truer words could not be said … the genius that you are! (applauds)
Well Tomato Soup Can, we certainly appreciate your time *not* opening up to us, as you might smell a bit by now …but we certainly hope you continue to enjoy your sweet success maintaining stark reverence to basic patented consumer marketing … or wait, were you supposed to parody that?
Can: “ ”
I: Zen indeed, Tomato Soup Can! Zen indeed! Let the reader judge for hermself.
More exciting new for next month readers! We pop the lid on Duchamp’s toilet seat, and who knows what we’ll find!? Perhaps old sticky dada?
Reborn again June 13, 2008Posted by whatacharacter in just my blogs.
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as re-posted from mymyspacespace: myspace.com/somedaysunlight
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A portion of an ancient celtic poem “The Book of Taliesin” forms the inspiration for these lines. http://www.maryjones.us/ctexts/t07.html (near end). I borrow just 2 or 3 allusions, recreating them with personal meaning and infusing them with new reference and with rhyme, copying only the very first and last line. Seers who would peer into future possibilities, must first be aware of the past. To know where one is to go, one must know whence one came. History is the power and authority behind todays steps, for our yesterdays form our tomorrows.
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The second time I was created
I was a salty wave which kissed the shore
I was a leaf shading the oak that bore me
I was a cougars’ roar
I was a spawning salmon living only for my children
I was a falcon winging o’er crag
I was a roe buck clinging to mountain
I was the noble stag
I was a treasure beneath a rock
I was a digging spade
I was a key that fit the lock
I was an ever glade
I was a double-edged sword
for a year and a day
before I was a short-lived flame
I was a dogwood bloom in May
I was a web-weaver
so too I was a fly
I was the sweetest honey comb
I was a horse you could not ride
I was a brave young bull
I was a field of clover
I was a freshwater spring
that bubbled up and over
I was a blackberry once
despite my many thorns,
my enemy the blue jay swallowed me
in nine months I was reborn
I was forsaken until I was taken
and borne upon the living word
I became a river of life
and so I was restored
I was once a Woolly Bear
and in just one life I gave
the chrysalis but not a grave
and so a butterfly became
Ever child, born of woman
today with princely strive
I am now a man
I was dead, I was alive
Colo(u)r Please~! June 12, 2008Posted by whatacharacter in just my blogs.
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gadz this old place is so sterile and bleu
a shock of new hue will do
for time and space
will brighten up this place
a new road ahead
new ways are open to tread
why waste time
with no rhythm and rhyme
so on it goes ….
with ebb and flow
to finally reach
what the heart will teach
completing the puzzle within
before outer journey begins.
Zip Zan Zinkle April 8, 2008Posted by whatacharacter in humor, just my blogs.
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What is this place?
How time flies …
I’ve busy trying to solve the paradoxical conundrum:
if 2 x “U” = Double “U”
howcome half of “W” = “V” ??
Perplexed Astonishment August 24, 2007Posted by whatacharacter in just my blogs, life.
As I look back on over a year of recording my musings online, I notice with some interest that at each step of triumph, there comes a challenge that severely tests me at that place and time. I smile to myself as I see how puny those problems were. It can always be worse, and “knock wood” it won’t. All we can hope for is to expect the best . . . and prepare for the worst, and hope we learn not to make the same mistakes, or continue to go over old worn out patterns again in futility.
If it don’t kill ya, it hunts you down until it does … unless you use your brain!
Today I face the biggest challenge yet, with possible bigger ones in its’ wake, unless I step very carefully. There’s no reason to indulge in frivolous blogspiel under these circumstances, so I won’t for now. Thanks goodness for friends – the good ones who stick with you.
Who know what will happen? Perhaps someday ….
Wish me luck!
Peace & Love, Buhbye!
The 7th Inning stretch August 16, 2007Posted by whatacharacter in just my blogs, life.
Well, well, take me back out to the ballgame! The 7th Inning in Baseball has traditionally been a time, late in the game, when a break is needed, and people stand up and stretch after a long, uncomfortable sit. There’s music, a song to be sung, maybe a bit of staged fun … and often it’s the last call for beer!
Life has just offered me a brand new opportunity. Sad, scary, and exciting all at the same time, and at my age, and I’d better run with it – as said to me by the young man on the radio call in spot. He’s the one who said I’m in the 7th Inning of life. Yeah I was actually on the radio.
I remain rooting for the home team, but then again I dont care if I never get back.
… stay tuned for more “interesting times” and announcements!
3D latest August 7, 2007Posted by whatacharacter in 3D, Art, just my blogs.
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Been trying to keep busy re-educating myself in 3D basics, and stretching what I know to get some portfolio items accomplished. One would think I learned stuff like how to make water or terrain in my Certificate course, but sadly no … so here I’ve tried to “yoke the two oxen” together.
Also working on a tree, with leaf textures, to create an array, as well as a simply low poly model of Lara Croft. She should be fun to rig, so I can get back into animation. How can I have a portfolio without a buxom babe?
Assuming assumptions August 1, 2007Posted by whatacharacter in just my blogs, mind, useful.
One key to educating yourself is UNlearning as much as learning. An important lesson for me in personal growth, is observing how so many people have set sincere beliefs in something which are either misguided, out of focus, or pure delusion. Self-deception is amazing and rampant. Me included.
Also amazing is how my work assignments often reflect these topics.
Below are 2 Flash pieces I did on Freud’s ideas and influence on society …
Freud was revolutionary in changing how we see ourselves, our thoughts, and behaviors – not that he knew or figured out everything . . .
But we are only human, so patience, and a sense of humor is required when turning on a healthy skepticism within our critical reasonings, and self examination.
Plus, as I often suggest, keeping a zen-approach by quieting the over-reaching, sense-of-it-all-making rational mind, while pleading to the heavens for guidance, seems to help . . . somewhere a lock clicks open.
BloodSunEarth July 25, 2007Posted by whatacharacter in body, just my blogs, mind, spiritual, useful.
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Heart Mind Body. Does anything else matter?
unfinished oil painting (with photoshop)
“Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.
What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?
One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.
The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose.
All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.
All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.
The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.”
from the Bibles’ Ecclesiastes “She who gathers”, written about 250 BC.
“All things are full of labour.” Everyone and all things work – have activity – have occupation – over and over – there is no end. This is noble, This is true.
Let’s get working.
… but first get educated.