Friday, January 29, 2010

I just had to write down this conversation before I forgot

I got a drunken phone call today from Trent Argyle. He told me that he had an intellectual intervention. I'm not sure what that means but it apparently involved my "mind-blowing" blog. Said mind-blowingness inspired him artistically and evoked images of pigeons duct taped to [ARTISTIC IDEAS CENSORED FOR ANTICIPATED COPYRIGHT PURPOSES]. He was so intimidated (his word, not mine) that he had to stay away from my blog lest it haunt his emotions. I personally don't see what's so intimidating about figures made of computer keys but I will show you something I made for a collage class that I find slightly haunting. 

Let's acknowledge first that the instructor had a very broad notion of "collage." Also, he loved this piece, though he hated my others. The piece was this: 9 photoshopped images, overlapping my own face with pictures of people found on Google Image, printed and displayed side by side on the wall as a collection of portraits. Each image contains two different faces: mine and my other. Though both individuals are clearly seen within a single image, there is a new, third entity - the fusion of the parts. The mechanics of this fusion are instantly transparent to the viewer. And finally, all 9 images viewed together can be seen as my integration into a community of faces. I am you, you are me, we are all each other. Trent, are you still conscious? Here are 5 of them.