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Glamour Model Plush – Post Andy Warhol

Glamour Model Plush - Post Andy WarholGlamour Model Plush – Post Andy Warhol

Sometimes you click with a model in such a way that you can get some vision going with a photo shoot and everyone agrees and starts acting like we are going to have some fun here. Working with Plush – Model Mayhem Number 2257785 is a lot of fun. She is amazingly cool in front of the camera. So what I wanted to do was try to capture some of the wasted feel to the Factory Studio that Warhol ran from the 1960’s through his death. Like it or Loath it, Andy made an impression, and sometimes it is nice to get a feel from his art and the times by being able to try to recreate the look and feel of the era. Plush did really amazingly well trying to capture the whole idea behind it.

These pictures were shot at the old INS Building downtown Seattle now called Inscape. There was some street art feel work down the basement and we basically camped out there, used the natural light from the yellow overheads (to match her very blond yellow hair) and said, let’s act like we are on LSD and see what we can come up with. Plush just went for it.

Some of the more interesting angles were me laying on the floor (she is short and I am tall, there is almost a foot difference in height, so very little shooting at the same eye level was going to happen here) and her doing her thing trying to look drugged out. The cigarette was just a nice bonus as a prop for her to work with. This is the result, and while not pop art, it is more of a representation of a very bygone era. There will most likely not be anything like the 1960’s again or for a very long time. The pendulum seems to be swinging back to a more conservative time. With any luck though, there will always be interesting interpretations of a time where everything, every boundary was being pushed. From personal viewpoints to equal rights, to art, to sex, to science, to people we explored. I hope that we get an opportunity to have something similar in the future, but then, on that one I don’t know if we can pull it off.

Glamour Model Plush – Post Andy Warhol

 

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Street Art in Seattle Circa 1980

 

You just do not see street art like this now

Street Art in Seattle Circa 1980

You just do not see street art like this now; most street art is slap tagging or freehand style tagging. But back in the 1980’s in Seattle at least street art was really that. Art, lots of art to lift the spirit, convey a message, make you think something. You will spot a couple of references to Ronald Regan in this, showing that propaganda was also very popular along the way as we wandered around downtown Seattle taking pictures of what people were posting up. This is really more of an archive moving from pictures from film to digital so that they are more easily shared.

Many of these artists are unknown, works unsigned, meant to be ephemeral and temporary. The closest we come in the Seattle area right now to similar works is Dent. The 1980’s were really a very special period of time in relationship to street art and the influence it had as street art in Seattle migrated into the 1990’s and beyond. From such simple art through the rest of the art that we see along the way, it is worth taking time out and seeing what you can find as you wander around your city. We are always so busy and in such a hurry that being able to stop and look at the messages street artists are trying to tell us about life, politics, sex, religion, and their viewpoints is an important counter point to regular popular culture.

So much of this art was influenced by Ronald Regan, the invasion of Grenada, and the actions we were taking in Central America at the time. You can see those influences along with the restlessness that formed the 1980’s in all this art. Stop for a moment and take a look, let me know what you think, what emotions does it evoke, how does it make you feel?

 

 

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