I have decided that I am channelling Andy Warhol. What a cheek, you say, or else she’s mad…perhaps. As part of my membership of the National Gallery of Victoria, I received their bi-monthly magazine.
In the Jan-Feb 2016 issue, there is a concentration of articles influenced by their current major exhibition, Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei, which ends on 22april. I’ve already taken some photos without actually visiting the main exhibition (I have my ways), but these are on my D80 and not yet downloaded (I’m trying RAW). Ai Weiwei was featured in the mag. and talks a little about Warhol as an inspiration on his own work and refers to some Warhol quotes, some of which are scattered around in big black letters inside the NGVI. One such quote is this:
I like boring things. I also like things that can be endlessly repeated.
…endlessly repeated…endlessly repeated…
Apart from Warhol’s Slovakian origins that we have in common (my surname is the Polish-spelt version of a Slovakian name — my father came from a small, now extinct, town in the Carpathian Mountains near Krakow, that area having been annexed by Poland I don’t know when), you will have noticed I too like to repeat. Some may call it obsessive, but I don’t. I view it as part of the creative process, akin to having a few options before deciding which one to print. Advertising creative directors will understand this. Plus, one’s ‘view’ continually changes, especially when experimenting with techniques and materials which, in my case, means combining the effects of the different image editing software used on my smartphone. Results will be different. Often they are much better or more satisfying. It is ongoing.