Friday, December 17, 2010

My 15 minutes of fame - [OM] meetup #35

I've always liked Andy Warhol.  I think you can see his influence in my work - turning everyday objects into art.  When I learned about the MoMA's Andy Warhol: Motion Pictures exhibition and that I could participate in it, I couldn't resist. (click photos to go to the website).

  "Andy Warhol: Motion Pictures focuses on the artist's cinematic portraits and non-narrative, silent, and black-and-white films from the mid-1960s. Warhol's Screen Tests reveal his lifelong fascination with the cult of celebrity, comprising a visual almanac of the 1960s downtown avant-garde scene."  - MoMA

In the early 1960's Warhol began making screen prints of celebrity icons (including his famous Marylin Monroe portraits).  He took hundreds of rolls of black and white photos of friends, celebrities, and acquaintances.  He would sometimes leave his subjects alone, in front of the camera, which heightened their vulnerability.

Photo of the original painting that I took at the MoMA.
This morning I shot 2 minutes worth of me staring at the camera.  Believe it or not, I'm very self conscious and hate having my photo taken (you'll find thousands of photos of my family sans me).  Doing this really challenged me. It is very uncomfortable to sit and do nothing.  I felt like I was blinking a hundred times a minute.  I edited the video to the 90 seconds allotted and uploaded it to my Flickr as instructed.  Shortly thereafter, I was up on the MoMA site.  I can't believe I did this, but it was fun.

This is the tail end of the original video as a certain someone sticks her nose into frame.

Try it!  It's a great exercise in pushing your comfort level.  I so love modern art!!

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1 comment:

  1. I can't see the video while I'm traveling, but I'm so glad you did this. I tell my boys all the time to "live bravely" and I try to do that by example. Stepping out of your comfort zone is so good for you!


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