Thursday, July 28, 2011
The F-111: An interview with James Rosenquist - Gene R. Swenson
Thesis statement: Pop art is a big commodity in New York, and one recent example at the Leo castelli gallery was literally big, in both size and price.
Topic sentence: F-111 covered all your walls of the gallery, making four right-angle turns.
Supporting statements: It was on loan-Jewish museum-New York-will go on a European tour-modern museum-Stockholm.
Topic sentence: Monumentality may be impossible in an age of built in obsolescence.
Supporting statements: Plane-a bitterly ironic birthday cake
Topic sentence: It is the newest, latest fighter-bomber at this time, 1965.
Supporting statements: A man-contract-making the bomber prime force-to keep people working-an economic tool-a war machine.
Topic sentence: He is just misguided
Supporting statements: Masses of people-snagged into a life-in the wrong direction.
Topic sentence: I think of it like a beam at the airport.
Supporting statements: Beam-less divergent-little narrower
Topic sentence: The ambience of the painting is involved with people who are all going toward a similar thing.
Supporting statements: Ideas-very divergent-basic meaning
Topic sentence: The picture is my personal reaction as an individual to the heavy ideas of mass media and communication and to other ideas that affect artists.
Supporting statements: Produce-human idea-extreme acceleration of feelings –painting-like a sacrifice
Topic sentence: I can only hope to grasp things with the aid of a companion like an IBM machine.
Supporting statements: Inject-humanity-into the IBM machine-extreme tool
Topic sentence: I hope to do things in spite of my own fallacies.
Supporting statements: New ideas-new inventions
Topic sentence: In 1961 it seemed that you were adopting techniques and styles that were not your own but those of sign painters.
Supporting statements: Professional –objective techniques-anti-style-realistic style.
Topic sentence: My techniques for me are still anti-style.
Supporting statements: Billboard painting techniques-like Mexican muralist techniques.
Topic sentence: When they say the Rosenquist style is very precise, may be they just know that painting style as they know it is going out of style.
Supporting statements: Painting-exposed-large scale
Topic sentence: The picture at the world's fair had a relation to the rest of the landscape, the huge buildings, and huge pink kodacolor photographs.
Supporting statements: My idea-showing art in a gallery.
Topic sentence: The f-111 was enclosed-four walls of a room in a gallery.
Supporting statements: Gallery-painting-a cube or a box-missing panel-Plexiglas panel-exposed to the wall
Topic sentence: At first the missing panel was just to expose nature, i.e, the wall wherever it was hung; and from there of course would be extended the rest of the space wherever it was exhibited.
Supporting statements: Wall paper roller-artificial flowers-aluminum flowers-visual effect
Topic sentence: I used those some wallpaper roller patterns in 1962 on a painting called silver skies.
Supporting statements: Canvas-a brittle feeling
Topic sentence: People came into the gallery and immediately they'd say, "It's a picture of a jet plane painted on aluminum panels"
Supporting statements: Fragment of architecture-a fancy cornice
Topic sentence: Originally the picture was an idea of fragments of vision being sold, in completed fragments; there were about fifty-one panels in the picture.
Supporting statements: Flash of static movement-a strange idea-a fragment of painting
Topic sentence: years ago when a man watched traffic going up and down sixth avenue, the traffic would be horses and there would be a pulsing, muscular motion to the speed on the avenue.
Supporting statements: Fragments of vision-representation of images
Topic sentence: I wanted to relate the idea of the new man, the new person who appreciates things, to this painting.
Supporting statements: Parallel parts of the life
Topic sentence: At the gallery the hurdle was presented in two perpendicular halves because it came at the corner of the room.
Supporting statements: Hurdle-triangular hurdle
Topic sentence: The angel food cake.
Supporting statements: Foodstuff-the flags-flaming candles-f-111-giant birthday cake-horrible killer
Topic sentence: The tire is a crown, a celebration of the town and country winter tire.
Supporting statements: Two images-similar shapes-rising up like a crown
Topic sentence: And those three light bulbs
Supporting statements: Pink+yellow+blue-basic colors of the spectrum
Topic sentence: The girl under the hairdryer
Supporting statements: The little girl-change of nature-in relation to the new look of the landscape
Topic sentence: Next there is an umbrella super imposed over an atom bomb blast.
Supporting statements: Umbrella-about fallout-a beautiful view of an atomic blast
Topic sentence: When I was working in Times Square and painting signboards the workmen joked around and said the super center of the atomic target was around Canal Street and Broadway.
Supporting statements: Rockets aimed from Russia
Topic sentence: To me it's now a generation removed, the post-beat young people
Supporting statements: Sort of attitude-they've not afraid-restatement of the beat idea
Topic sentence: The umbrella is friendlier than having to do with fallout.
Supporting statements: An aperture-umbrella is a realistic vision
Topic sentence: Then next, that's an underwater swimmer wearing a helmet with an air bubble above his head, an exhaust air bubble that's related the breath of the atomic bomb.
Supporting statements: Unnatural force-man made
Topic sentence: I heard a story that when a huge number of bombers hit in Vietnam, and burned up many square miles of forest then the exhaust of the heat and air pressure of the fire created an artificial storm and it started raining and helped put the fire out.
Supporting statements: Not a natural rain-put the fire out-but a man-made change in the atmosphere.
Topic sentence: The blanket –like form at the bottom of the picture
Supporting statements: Huge arabesque-like a blanket-artist-like a samurai-relation between the painter and nature
Topic sentence: Not conscious of it-and not of art for its own sake.
Supporting statements: Love for the billboard
Topic sentence: Yes, I hope this picture is a quantity that will release the idea of the new devices.
Supporting statements: Idea-turn to subversion-picture-an antidote
Topic sentence: What I meant was that ideas can have more of a mysterious effect than someone simply being eradicated.
Supporting statements: Reality-horrible and mysterious
Topic sentence: Machines are exciting
Supporting statements: Machines-sophisticated
Topic sentence: No .I'm amazed by-when I think of technology, I think of it being fantastic.
Supporting statements: F-111-war industry-technologist-became an artist
Topic sentence: No .I see a closer tie with technology and art and a new curiosity about new methods of communication coming from all sides.
Supporting statements: Artists offer-humility-graciousness