“Sometimes something can look beautiful just because it’s different in some way from the other things around it.” – Andy Warhol
In honour of Andy Warhol’s colourful Pop Art exhibition at Gagosian Gallery, I decided to play with colour blocking for the occasion too. I always feel that art becomes more alive when the audience interacts with it, otherwise they all feel rather cold and dull, distant and untouchable. The colour blocking outfit for the night turned out rather well because my orange vest, grey top and black culottes combination complemented his paintings perfectly. It was quite fun imagine myself being an extension of his colourful portraits, especially ‘The Last Supper’. I remember reading about Andy Warhol’s fascination with ordinary objects and how he saw America to be equal for everybody. He once said “What’s great about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest. You can be watching TV and see Coca-Cola, and you can know that the President drinks Coke. Liz Taylor drinks Coke, and just think, you can drink Coke, too.” Perhaps this is one of the reasons why he always portrays famous celebrities and powerful political figures with blocks of primary colours, making them as flat and ordinary as possible, just like his repetitions of Coca-Cola or Campbell’s tomato soup. To strip down their fame and prestige to essentially becoming as simple and as ordinary as the rest of the population. So, this in a way inspired by outfit to be as basic as possible, but the emphasis is on contrasting colours, just like how Andy Warhol utilises the opposing colours to create forms and expressions in his artwork.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Yulia Jevzikova
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