I have always been fascinated but Andy Warhol, but turned off by how well known he is and his most famous works.
However, after learning more details about him in Art History, I have a deeper appreciation for the work he made, his ideas, his processes, and the evolution of Pop Art.
Andy Warhol, Oxidation painting, 1978, copper metallic paint and Urine on canvas
I have always been fascinated by decay and chemical reactions, as well as the color palette of shiny coppers and crusty turquoise. Thus, I instantly fell in love with this painting. I also liked the human quality that these had that Warhol’s other works conscientious lack. Yet despite the direct human interaction, it still feels somewhat separate from us because of its chemical reaction.
It reminded me of a photographer I absolutely love, David Maisel.
He took these photographs of found copper canisters containing the remains of asylum patient. Time has eroded and oxidized the outsides into beautiful colors and crystallized patterns.
Although the reading annoyed me to an extent, it proved the point home that Warhol has truly put on this facade and his fame give him the power to give other people fame. He repeats images to devalue them and in turn, by him just touching them, he brings value and meaning back in. He turns things to diamond dust.
Andy Warhol, Diamond Dust Shoes, 1980>