Getting into it with our friend. Intro to the end.
It occurred to me after I scanned everything at lunch today, that a person who hasn’t seen the original “Failever of Judgment” catalog will have trouble seeing any changes; given that I’m collaging from a source that is itself printed images of collaged and scanned images….. This gets screwy to reason through. Telltale signs of my own intervention will be such things as I have around the office: Kohinoor architect’s dots, “sign here” posts, and various pens and tape. There’ll be more and I probably will not alert you as they come up. I’m not so worried about veracity here.
As it happens, if I get nothing else but that top image out of this exercise then I’m happy. In that instance I used on Guyton and Walker’s book the scanning method they used on slices of fruit: I sliced part of a page away and laid it on my happy multi function high volume Rico flat bed scanner, leaving the top open and setting it for 8.5 x 11 full color. A nice combo of luck and intuitive persistence gave me that particularly upright, chunky, pleasantly phallic and decidedly cheerful black and white image. Yay.
I begin to understand the satisfaction of working for pictures. I mean if G and T were aiming only for perfect pictures then one need go no further than that red one on the right above. (Um, I think I just made one of those, whatcha call em Freudian Slips. Of course where I typed “G and T” I meant to type “G and W.” Guyton and Walker, not Geoff and Tuck. Creepy.) I now regret not having scanned it alone, so you would be able to appreciate the crisp loveliness. Perhaps I shall do so tomorrow if I remember.
I think though that G and T also want there to be content that one can think about, ideas with which one must contend. It would seem though that they speak from a world I do not understand. I’m not certain what questions they are asking, or whether they are proposing arguments. I “like” many of the pictures in the catalog, but I’m certain this isn’t quite what the artists hope or intend. Aesthetic beauty isn’t enough, I know this.
I miss a sense of life. I keep trying, and in my own way I’m getting somewhere. We’ll see.
Part One: On the Road with Guyton and Walker January 5, 2011
Part Two: “The Failever of Judgment” and the Journey Over New Year’s Weekend January 6, 2011
Part Three: A Flurry of “Failevers” and A Bit o’ The Road January 7, 2011
Part Four: Our Journey Continues January 10, 2011
Mezzanine One: And, as it happens, the ground is always present January 13, 2011
Mezzanine Two: Looking at the edge January 13, 2011
Part Five: The book, the triumph, the need to tell, the road home, part one January 18, 2011
With all that said, perhaps you’d like to purchase a copy for yourself? Go here to Midway Contemporary Art Publications and order now!
Links to the entire “Guyton/Walker Failever Over New Year” series:
Getting into in with our friend. Intro to The End.
Something(s) I Learned Today (including more re: G and W)