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blakegopnik:

THE DAILY PIC: This is the trace of Marcel Duchamp’s heartbeat, recorded 48 years ago today by a doctor named Brian O’Doherty, better known by far as a critic and conceptual artist (often under the pseudonym Patrick Ireland, assumed in honor of his homeland’s struggles with England). The heartbeat is on display in a lovely little survey of some of O’Doherty’s output, shared between Simone Subal gallery in New York and a nearby gallery called “P!”
Duchamp’s EKG is one element in what went on to become O’Doherty’s 16-part “portrait” of the great Dada artist, which also includes a kinetic light sculpture that seems to reproduce the oscillograph trace of Duchamp’s heart actually beating. (That piece is also at Subal’s). And the composite portrait is evidence of a precariously balanced love-hate relationship that O’Doherty had with its subject – the relationship all ambitious artists have with their most important forerunner.  
Duchamp once said that “after twenty years [artworks] are finished. Their life is over. They survive all right, because they are part of art history, and art history is not art. I don’t believe in preserving, I think as I said that a work of art dies.” In his portrait, O’Doherty self-consciously set out to prove Duchamp wrong, by making a piece that would keep the Frenchman’s presence and legacy – and heartbeat – “alive” wherever and whenever the portrait is shown. “I’ve made Duchamp live 250 years; It’s very cruel, but he deserved it,” O’Doherty told me after a talk that he gave at Subal’s.  But of course O’Doherty’s cruelty is also a gesture of absolute homage, from O’Doherty to a genius – and a friend – upon whom he wished endless life.
It has often been said that a fine portrait confers as much immortality on its maker as on its sitter. But the question here is whether we are contemplating a portrait of Duchamp or by him – drawn in fact with each beat of his heart. We sometimes come across someone whom we bill as an artist through and through, in every fiber of their body, and maybe here we’re seeing Duchamp prove that he’s one. (Image – margins cropped for clarity – is courtesy the artist, P! and Simone Subal Gallery)
The Daily Pic also appears at blogs.artinfo.com/the-daily-pic. For a full inventory of past Daily Pics visit blakegopnik.com/archive.

Interesting to think about in the context of The Art Assignment Episode 4: Never Seen, Never Will. A beating heart. In particular, the beating heart of one of the greatest artists. 

theartassignment:

blakegopnik:

THE DAILY PIC: This is the trace of Marcel Duchamp’s heartbeat, recorded 48 years ago today by a doctor named Brian O’Doherty, better known by far as a critic and conceptual artist (often under the pseudonym Patrick Ireland, assumed in honor of his homeland’s struggles with England). The heartbeat is on display in a lovely little survey of some of O’Doherty’s output, shared between Simone Subal gallery in New York and a nearby gallery called “P!”

Duchamp’s EKG is one element in what went on to become O’Doherty’s 16-part “portrait” of the great Dada artist, which also includes a kinetic light sculpture that seems to reproduce the oscillograph trace of Duchamp’s heart actually beating. (That piece is also at Subal’s). And the composite portrait is evidence of a precariously balanced love-hate relationship that O’Doherty had with its subject – the relationship all ambitious artists have with their most important forerunner.  

Duchamp once said that “after twenty years [artworks] are finished. Their life is over. They survive all right, because they are part of art history, and art history is not art. I don’t believe in preserving, I think as I said that a work of art dies.” In his portrait, O’Doherty self-consciously set out to prove Duchamp wrong, by making a piece that would keep the Frenchman’s presence and legacy – and heartbeat – “alive” wherever and whenever the portrait is shown. “I’ve made Duchamp live 250 years; It’s very cruel, but he deserved it,” O’Doherty told me after a talk that he gave at Subal’s.  But of course O’Doherty’s cruelty is also a gesture of absolute homage, from O’Doherty to a genius – and a friend – upon whom he wished endless life.

It has often been said that a fine portrait confers as much immortality on its maker as on its sitter. But the question here is whether we are contemplating a portrait of Duchamp or by him – drawn in fact with each beat of his heart. We sometimes come across someone whom we bill as an artist through and through, in every fiber of their body, and maybe here we’re seeing Duchamp prove that he’s one. (Image – margins cropped for clarity – is courtesy the artist, P! and Simone Subal Gallery)

The Daily Pic also appears at blogs.artinfo.com/the-daily-pic. For a full inventory of past Daily Pics visit blakegopnik.com/archive.

Interesting to think about in the context of The Art Assignment Episode 4: Never Seen, Never Will. A beating heart. In particular, the beating heart of one of the greatest artists. 

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frickfractals:

He’s very talented. He’s charming.He mirrors everyone. And actually, the original story had a lot to do with mirrors, and in many iterations of the story we’d talk about mirrors and we’d bring them up and so I held on a little to that.

And he’s goofy with [Anna], he’s a little more bold and aggressive with the Duke, ‘cause the Duke’s a jerk so he’s a jerk back, and then, with Elsa he’s a hero. 

What Hans is is a mirror, charming, but hollower, sociopathic. [Anna’s] so lonely, that it’s like she’s falling in love with her reflection in the pond. (x)

It’s important to note that in the original story the main “antagonist” (or really the thing that fucked shit up) was an evil mirror that froze people’s hearts

oh noooooo i am not supposed to sympathize with Hans

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kikiyuyu:

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princecastra:

Agreeing to make couple OCs with someone but neither of you are allowed to show your OCs to each other until they are ready and now those two are going to get together and they must work it out no matter what 

let’s do it

THAT SOUNDS REALLY FUN I WANT TO TRY WITH SOMEONE

Oh god this sounds so fun!

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I want to tell stories, but I am not an artist, a musician, or a writer. I am an actor, which is a lot like being a tube of paint waiting to be used.

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Gin Rickey’s Death

askginrickey:

Gin Rickey was wearing down. The curator had repaired her to the best of his ability, but her parts were worn and many important bits were missing. The wear took its toll on Gin. Her display times as an exhibit were cut shorter as she spent more time resting, and she moved through the museum bracing herself on a wall or staff member.

One Wednesday afternoon, Gin did not show for her display time, after a quick search, the curator found her slumped on the floor of her small room, clutching the small electronic plant she had been given a year ago and belching smoke. Her bellows had burned out, leaving her voiceless and shuddering. The curator, unable to think of anything else to do for her, held Gin until her gears slowed and her core dimmed. Around 2:00, Gin Rickey finally lay still.

Due to extended inactivity, I am retiring my fanbot Gin Rickey. However, I felt bad not giving her a proper end. I am sad her siblings never found her, and that she never sorted out her personality schism.