I Was a Hollywood Movie Star

John Whitaker

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Art Exhibit

August 2019
Sweetie’s Art Bar - Black & White Gallery
475 Francisco Street
San Francisco, CA



About The Artist and Show

 
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I freelance as an art hanger, and sometimes double as professional packer and organizer. One facet of organizing that often comes up is finding new homes for the possessions of the dead. For instance, a past client, Madam M., had a large collection of books. Among the books were enough personal journals to fill several volumes. The contents were extremely racey.

I wasn’t able to delve as deeply as I would’ve liked, I was after all on the clock. The family of Madam M. had no interest in the journals and harbored, it seemed, resentment for the deceased. The books were sold or donated. The journals went to the dump. I would have liked to have read them. What merit they might have contained for the world we will never know. Sadly, many artists come and go like this.

If I judged her by her books, I would say she had an interesting mind. She also had a large picture postcard collection that I was able to take home. It was from this collection of Hollywood post cards Sting, Ingrid Bergman, a young Liz Taylor… that I created the piece “I Was A Hollywood Movie Star”. It's meant to transmit the Sex Appeal of the gods and goddesses of the silver screen. It’s meant to celebrate a sensual passion for embodiment.



Technique

The technique was to construct a modular pattern so the arrangement could grow to any size and fit "just right" into any unique or ordinary space. I wanted them to appear kind of like if you had poured the collection out on a table. Not exactly flat, but one overlapping the other. It's meant to pop out at you.

 


Effervescent Love
Collage on foam core poster…..26 3/4” x 38.5”

When you are in love you feel like you can do anything. It gives you extra energy and superpowers. With this piece my intention was to transmit to the viewer love power for growth and healing. My favorite artists are ones with grand hubris schemes to heal the world, and promote awakening. Their follies are legendary: Alejandro Jodorowsky, and Robert Wilson come immediately to mind.

Collage on foam core poster…..26 3/4” x 38.5”

Transmission from the Great King / Shaktipata   Collage on foam core poster…..26 3/4” x 38.5”    Supposedly Andy Kauffman hid out in a closet backstage at an Elvis concert in Vegas. He knew where the king would exit and he waited there for as long as he had to. He believed that if Elvis touched him he would receive transmission of Elvis’ greatness. This energy is what he needed in order to become the artist he wanted to be. I wonder if that worked? In any case, I like that idea. Shaktipata is the Hindu word describing the same concept of “transmission of spiritual energy from one to another”.

Transmission from the Great King / Shaktipata

Collage on foam core poster…..26 3/4” x 38.5”

Supposedly Andy Kauffman hid out in a closet backstage at an Elvis concert in Vegas. He knew where the king would exit and he waited there for as long as he had to. He believed that if Elvis touched him he would receive transmission of Elvis’ greatness. This energy is what he needed in order to become the artist he wanted to be. I wonder if that worked? In any case, I like that idea. Shaktipata is the Hindu word describing the same concept of “transmission of spiritual energy from one to another”.