|Red Disaster (Andy Warhol)|
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Red Disaster (the poem, not the Andy Warhol silkscreen!)
I have to confess: I never read ART CRITQUES or art journals because personally, I do not want anyONE else’s opinions, interpretations and art prejudices to frame MY experience with a piece of ART (of any media.) I prefer to experience art (as well as LIFE) a la tabula rasa, or better yet-- as a “blank canvass.” We SEE art (and the world) as we are…and to demonstrate this fact, I wrote a poem…
Red Disaster (Inspired by Andy Warhol)
By Kelly N. Patterson
A brazen, threatening image:
Colossal black and red silkscreen painting
Not one, but twelve icons
Of the progressive, industrialized tool of execution:
Sing Sing’s electric throne
Hanging on the aristocratic walls
Of the Fine Arts Museum
Which inspired Hoffman and Conrad to argue in public.
Conrad commented lightly on the primitive element
Co-existing in modern culture
Powerful, irreversible commodity
Sani-flush for the degenerate and evil
Antiseptic flush of all human waste.
Hoffman did not appreciate Conrad’s capriciousness
Red is the blood of the prisoner
Black, profound darkness in a lottery-like deeply racial system
He who hath a good lawyer
Thus Hoffman and Conrad continued to argue in public
Until the close of the museum.
Upon parting they vowed to never discuss political issues with one another again.
Hoffman and Conrad never went to the Fine Arts museum again.