I walked with Warhol

Hey, how about it? Is this the Campbell Soup Cans of fractals or what?

Anyhow, Andy told me, and no one else knows this, that he’s taken all his talent and everything he’s ever learned about art and put it into a single photoshop filter.

And he gave it to me, on a diskette.

I’d post it for download, but I promised I wouldn’t, or else I’d lose all my super-powers.

A long time ago when I was in university I wanted to learn Spanish because I was going to go to Mexico for two months in the summer. Being exceptionally lazy when it comes to learning languages, or anything else mathematical, I checked out, started to study, and gave up on, a number of Spanish grammars.

I was in the public library looking for a different kind of Spanish textbook when I found a hardcover one with no dust jacket from the 1950’s illustrated with small line art drawings. Each little ink sketch was signed, “A. Warhola.”

I laughed. It had to be Andy Warhol. In fact, I figured he was a little embarassed with putting his real name on these trivial illustrations so he contemptously wrote his last name “Warhola.”

Years later, when I began to read about things, I was surprised to find out that Warhola was actually his real name from the beginning, and he dropped the “a” off the end later on so it wouldn’t sound so…

I never finished reading the book about Andy Warhol. I don’t know what the reason was. A lot of people have altered their names to make them sound more or less of something. I’ll bet there’s even been someone with the last name Warhol who’s added an “a” and changed it to Warhola.

Here’s the original before “warholization” occurred, made in Inkblot Kaos.

Download parameter file “fan23.ink”

Which is better? The Warhol or the Warhola?

Actually, the effect is just the uscomic.8bf thing with the darkness slider moved to the lighter end of the range, the image inverted and the hue moved about half way around the spectrum. But maybe that’s all Andy Warhol ever did when he made his famous stuff.

Of course he would have had to do it the hard, old-fashioned way.
 

3 thoughts on “I walked with Warhol

  1. As I looked at the “Warhol” version of the image, I imagined the Velvet Underground playing at The Factory as Lou Reed sings a verse from “Stephanie Says”:

    Stephanie says but doesnt hang up the phone
    What sea shell she is calling from across the world

  2. You know, I’ll bet there’s a Lou Reed filter out there, too. But watch your step, it’s probably pretty close to the Iggy Pop filter, and you won’t be able to get your graphics program back to comic book country after you’ve installed that one!

    Look out honey cause we’re using technology,
    Ain’t got time to make no apology

    Hey, that could be official motto for post-processing, or digital art in general…

  3. “Made a rag pile of my shiny clothes
    Gonna warm my bones, I got silence on my radio. Let the air waves flow,
    For I’m sleeping under strange strange skies … Just another mad mad day on the road. My dreams are fading down that railway line. I’m just about a moonlight mile down…”

    Off the “Sticky Fingers” album. Back in the days when you got at least one 12×12 artwork for the money you spent for only one song. (Oh! Look! some of these others are prettydarn good too! Why don’t they play >them< on the radio too?) Sometimes, I get the feeling that yous guys think that folks like Warhol do what they do (or did) as easily as we walk from the parkinglot to the building. There is a self-referential struggle hidden in those soupcans and those real honest-to-god zippers on those album covers. Besides, Warhol didn’t do art. He did culture disguised as art. Ok. OK. So I didn’t walk with him. But I do have this picture of me and Duncan Reynaldo… And oh, yeah, try putting some brown sugar in your next expresso.

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