10 Jul

I suppose what i mainly intend to Blog is stuff i find Escapism in. There’s enough reality to keep us grounded, so it’s nice to share with you the stuff that send you other places.

For example this image highlights Escapism for me at the moment. I came across it when i was searching for an interesting avatar for my  Blip profile. I Googled ‘Andy Warhol Photography’ and this was amongst the images. I’ve since searched in Google for more info on this image but no success.

What i can gather is that  it might be an Andy Warhol photograph taken in New York  1980. If anyone has info on this image, i’d be intersested to know more.

If this is an Andy Warhol photograph, which i believe it is , judging from the look of other Warhol photographs. What clearly stands out to me & that i find most intriguing is the classical female pose that has a twist reminiscent on the characteristics of another work of art. A synonym between two images. One, the classicism of  Botticelli – the Birth of Venus  and two being the New York trash style of Warhol. Worlds appart but descript the same message. 

“Venus had two aspects: she was an earthly goddess who aroused humans to physical love or she was a heavenly goddess who inspired intellectual love in them. Plato further argued that contemplation of physical beauty allowed the mind to better understand spiritual beauty. So, looking at Venus, the most beautiful of goddesses, might at first raise a physical response in viewers which then lifted their minds towards the Creator. A Neoplatonic reading of Botticelli’s Birth of Venus suggests that 15th-century viewers would have looked at the painting and felt their minds lifted to the realm of divine love.”    { Wikipedia }

This modern take of Venus places her in a hedonistic situation. As a man in his 30’s, married and trying his best to settle down, this image recalls some pretty crazy times that happened not to long ago. I’m sure i speak for many of you.

One Response to “Escapism”

  1. Emz July 16, 2010 at 11:39 am #

    What a mad image. Who are the beardy blokes in the bath?

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