- Warhol claims that he feels a disconnect from his work. And in the interview he says he feels as if the words are coming from behind him, not from inside of him. I think he cares about his work, he’s just saying that he doesn’t feel that he works hard enough for the acclaim he receives. He makes it known that his assistants do much more, I guess, laborious work than him. I don’t think he ever turns it off because he doesn’t really seemed to ever be turned on.
- I suppose Warhol’s concept of really just producing any kind of work he wants, whether it holds meaning or not, may relate to the Conceptual Photo Project- in a way the whole project was based on one subjective feeling evoked via short stories. There was no construct to follow. Like Warhol.
Do you become self-conscious of your ideas?
Oh, wow. Absolutely. I don’t think it will ever stop. In my head I’m asking “who doesn’t?” But, apparently, Warhol.
Thoughts on the nothing-to-lose attitude?
I think it’s pretty great- for some people. It just depends on if you’re the kind of person who feels more validated in everything having meaning and background, or the opposite- nothing really matters so what do you have to lose.
“The purpose of good design is to ornament existence, not to substitute for it.” – George Nelson
This quote helped to manifest what the relationship between the artist and the designer is, as well as where the difference lies. While I tried to wrap my head around the rigid explanations of the contrasting roles of artist and designer, this insight from George Nelson began to serve more of a purpose than the first time I read it. So, if we invest in this quote regarding designers, I think it is fair to follow the same guideline for artists; that art is the substitution for reality. Sure, art can be tangible and is real in that sense, but you can not say it is raw reality.
It is hard for me to decide on most things in life, but I suppose I would say I am a designer. But, instead of choosing one, I think it is more helpful for me to weight out why I think both sides apply to me.
Artist: At this point in my life, the vulnerability that comes with sharing art makes me want to recoil and say that I don’t care what people think of it and it’s all about how it makes me feel while producing it and while I stand back and wonder if it’s complete. I think the self-interest aspect of artistry is important and allows you to feel that much more satisfaction if a viewer comes along and connects with whatever you have produced.
Designer: There are days when I don’t want to think about myself, my interests, and especially my issues. I want to listen to someone else’s day, in which I think this can apply to wanting to hear someone else’s needs and wants and doing my best to solve their problems in design.