thank you andy warhol

for being our mirror

for spreading people-connecting energy

for helping us to see the fabulousness in everybody and everything, no matter how ordinary

for creating over-the-top outrageousness out of the seemingly simple

for pushing us to take our ideas multiple steps further, and then further again

Check out Astrea’s movie of your party we held for you right here in the center of the cosmos, Dayton, Ohio.

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We love you, Andy.

image by Joey London

Celebrate Andy Warhol: Get Real by Being (inevitably) Plastic

For some of us, the best way to transform ourselves as authentic human beings is to recreate ourselves as something we’re not. Does this make us fake? Could be. And so what if it does? If nothing else, Warholian wisdom teaches us this:

Fake is the new real.

At Andy Warhol’s Birthday Celebration at Playthink Studio on 8.08.08 at 8, we invite you to come steep in the paradox of deep superficiality, superficial depth, false authenticity, and authentic falseness.

And now for your oxymoronic pleasure, I present eight more ways to celebrate the birth of Andy Warhol.

#25. Create a Warholian Portrait. And while you’re at it fake it up. Andy was sought after by celebrities as a portrait artist not only because he was so famous, but also because his graphic style (using highly contrasted, washed-out silkscreen prints) made everyone look really good. No wrinkles. No age spots. Try this nifty gadjet, and do it yourself digitally! See what I mean?

#26. Create a message for your own tombstone. Andy said, “I always thought I’d like my own tombstone to be blank. No epitaph, and no name. Well, actually, I’d like it to say ‘figment.’” What would your tombstone say?

#27. Play with plastic.Our participatory arts extravaganza will provide the plastic, you supply the imagination. At Playthink’s Silver factory on 8/08/08 you’re invited to use plastic to create yourself.“I love Los Angeles. I love Hollywood. They’re beautiful. Everybody’s plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic.” We challenge you to create yourself as a plastic icon. Recreate yourself. Reinvent yourself again and again and again. And, on this night of Andy’s birthday, you can be as fake as you wanna be.

#28. Change your name. Andrew Warhola not only changed his name, but he hung out with other name changers as well. Christa Päffgen became Nico. Truman Streckfus Persons became Truman Capote. Billy Linich became Billy Name. Ultra Violet was once Isabelle Collin. Candy Darling was born James Lawrence Slattery. Who will will you be?

#29. Confess your sins and admit how fake you are. “I am a deeply superficial person,” said Warhol. If Warhol can admit to the depth of his shallowness, we can, too. (Playthink Learning Studio is equipped with its own confessional booth for your reconciliatory indulgences.)

#30. Now that you’ve confessed, go to mass. Andy may have celebrated the fake, but he also seemed to have a deeply authentic religious side as well. According to James Romain in Transubstatiating the Culture,

With family roots in Byzantine-Slavic Catholicism, Warhol kept a homemade altar with a crucifix and well-worn prayer book beside his bed. He frequently visited Saint Vincent Ferrer’s Church on Lexington Avenue. The pastor of Saint Vincent’s confirmed that Warhol visited the church almost daily. He would come in mid-afternoon, light a candle, and pray for fifteen minutes, sometimes making use of the intimacy of the private chapels. The pastor described Warhol as intensely shy and private, especially regarding his religion. Warhol’s brother has characterized him as “really religious, but he didn’t want people to know about that because [it was] private.” For someone so bent on self-protection, Warhol’s efforts to keep his religious life a secret may indicate just how important his faith was to him.

#31. I don’t mean to nag, but have you bought your wig yet?

#32. And while you’re at it, don’t forget your brows. Andy said, “I had a lot of dates but I decided to stay home and dye my eyebrows.” You can dye your brows (here’s how), but don’t stay home on August 8. Come out and show them off!

itty bitty show a spectacular success beyond all measure (even the metric system)

 

 

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Much gratitude to all the fabulously beautiful people

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who participated in the first

 

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International Ten Itty Bitty Pieces of Sh*tty Art Show
held Saturday, November 24, 2007, in Dayton, Ohio

 

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Tons of outrageous party pictures may be found at dhurwitz.com thanks to David “Free Books” Hurwitz.
Just a few of the artists represented at the first annual ITIBPOSAS include:
Teri Schoch, “CaCa Illumination,” glass sculptures
David Kenworthy, Works on Paper
Anna Kiss, photography, fabric sculpture, Pussy Pillow
Kim Rayburn, photography, poetry, prose
Kidtee Hello, Works on Paper
Michael Kelly, Sculpture, cardboard, paintings and drawings
DJ Scorpius Max, spinning the grooviest tunes in town especially Music for Getting that Song Out of Your Head
Joey London, dancer and provider of eye candy
Joe Lutz, live photography
Brendon Rayburn, drawing on paper
Heather Reid
, Cityscape tile window frescoes
Dave Hurwitz, Ever-emerging art truck mixed media assemblage, live photography
Suzanne Furman, Dia de la Muerte Shadowbox, Shagalischious diorama
Eva Makstutis, Masks and body plates, acrylic paintings, mixed media assemblage, and mistress of ceremonies of the Beer Tasting Competition
Kate Ervin, dance performance and Visionary graphical display for the Dayton Circus Creative Collective
Laurana Wong, Juror and member of the Snooty Patootie Arts Community Juror and dance performance
Dr. Peter Hayward Jones, PhD Juror and member of the Snooty Patootie Arts Community
Peter Jones, Brush painting and clove cigarettes tins, Ten Tins of Tao
Mike Officer, paintings
Greg Kambitsch, Wire Hanging Sculpture
Tim Kambitsch, $49.95 man, works on paper, acrylic, canvas
Fambitsch Family Singers: featuring Maribeth Kambitsch, Liz Landis, Patricia Kambitsch, Tim Kambitsch, Pete Jones, Phillipe Prevoteau, Alexander Prevoteau, Matt Randolph, Laurana Wong, Adam Elfers, et al under the direction of Gregorovitsch Kambitschski in their performance of IGOTAHARDONLVR
Patricia Kambitsch
, Grandma and Grandpa Kronenberger on Their Wedding Night
Christopher Bell, Luscious black and white photo essay
Jan Underwood, Interpretive dancer
Rachelle and Lily and Amy, et al, Fantabulously Limber Limbo Dancers,
Dan Taylor, unforgettable works of art
Shannon Nelson, Drawing on Paper
Micky Waltz, Marker on paper
Forrest and Friends, Champions, Dirty-word Scrabble
Mary Brzezinski
Mixed media sculpture, masks, painting
Leslie Morrow,
Paintings and sculpture
Tom Tebatt, color photography
Lissa Lush (AKA Mellissa) Artist Trading Cards, textile arts
Sara Nay Feltner Atomic Cat Butt triptych
Jeff Opt, Prints
Alexis Williams, Photographs
Leslie Nachbauer and Tricia Calvert Performance Art
Leigh Waltz,
print/paintings
Sheri Shepherd, Culinary delights
Alivia Meininger,
Mark Meininger,
, works on paper and assemblage
Ken Felnter “Good things come in small packages”
Nancy Cumming: Fabric, Celestial Jacket
Jim Cumming: Fabric, Happy Suit
Laurana Wong: Patricia’s Wicked Dancing Shirt

 

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Special thanks to:

 

The audience

 

The beer drinkers

 

The Dayton Circus Creative Collective

 

Kristen and Eva for support sharing studio

 

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Our sponsors, Redesign Research, Dialogic Design, the Institute for Slow Learning and Playthink Learning

 

Moonbeam McQueen and the Dayton City Paper

 

The countless, nameless participants in the Dirty Word Scrabble Poem and Performance of Song

 

Eva (again, for her work behind the counter)

 

Michaelearcheangelo for event support

 

DJ Scorpius Max for blessing our spectacle with style and grace

 

Esteemed members of the Snooty Patooty Arts Community: Laurana Wong and Dr. Peter Hayward Jones, PhD

 

YOU, the artists, for your forgiveness of my faults, my faults, all my faults including: misspelling your name, leaving your name off this list, misrepresenting your work. (It really wasn’t intentional. I won’t do such a sh*tty job as curator next year.)

 

And special, special thanks goes to:

 

Alexander Prevoteau and John Landis for recording and posting the hit song IGOTAHARDONLVR forever in the archives to refresh your memory in case you forgot the tune.

 

And to Mark for the inspiration for holding the event in the first place.