“While making this piece I was thinking about Warhol’s use of silkscreen (usually a commercial method of reproduction, not used so much for high art) as a medium, the use of pedestrian subject matter, and the idea of mass reproduction techniques applied to art. Echoing Duchamp’s ideas and ready-mades, Warhol forced the art world to confront the question of what constitutes art. While he is considered one of the most important artists of the 20th century, his work is fairly easy to copy, requiring minimal skill to reproduce.
One thing that struck me as I worked on this is the changes that have happened to the iconic products he painted. The Campbell’s soup can still looks very similar, but now has a pull open top, The Brillo packaging is much updated. I wondered if Warhol was working today what products he would have chosen. I suspect the new Brillo package would not have appealed to him. I had to make a choice between using reproductions of his work from the 60s or using contemporary products/packages.
Warhol was concerned with fame, his own and that of others. So I muse over the use of a Marilyn look-alike. It’s NOT Marilyn, of course. It’s someone else, an anonymous woman who is cast in the role of famous person in a famous piece of art.
Random production notes: For the soup can, I painted the entire label and glued it to a can. The visible parts of the can are painted too. I cut the bottom off to ﬁll it with blue paint. The dress the Marilyn model is wearing is a vintage 60s dress. It was ironic that right after moving, after buying and then discarding so many boxes, I had to buy a bunch of white boxes for the production. I am now the box king.” -Gregory Scott
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Sunday, April 27 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.