Monday, April 28, 2008

Not a Portrait of Andy Warhol

Not a Portrait of Andy Warhol

Not a Portrait of Andy Warhol (2008)

[Click on the image above to see the view with binoculars.]

Fly me to the moon
Fly me to a star
But there are no stars in the New York sky
They're all on the ground

--John Cale and Lou Reed, "Open House"


Image made with Fractal ViZion. Post-processed until it became totally replicated and utterly commodified.

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1 comment:

Dr. Mike said...

Not a Portrait of Andy Warhol

This is not a face. It is the silence
Of a face becoming pure face.

It is what I look out of, daily,
Without being aware what I look like.

Except when reversed, as in a mirror,
Rarely do I know what anybody else sees.

I am not even sure that I can recognize
Myself when the film is projected before me.

All I see is the physical corpse that time
Ravaged then discarded as so many fallen leaves.

If I had to see myself this way, repeatedly,
I would go mad, for this is not how I am in the mind.

This is not how I am when I dream, either,
And, disembodied, watch my body in action.

This is, in fact, a misrepresentation of identity
Made by a representation of realism on film.

But film itself is an illusion, containing many gaps
Between each image I can see when I blink.

So I have learned, when watching myself as a star,
The only real way to see me is to blink continuously.

[Disposable Poem May 2, 2008]
Dr. Mike

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