Browsing the Web

Ode to Browsing the Web

Marcus Wicker, American born 1984

Source: 2013 in Poetry on the website of the Poetry Foundation

 

 

Two spiky-haired Russian cats hit kick flips

on a vert ramp. The camera pans to another

 

pocket of  the room where six kids rocking holey

T-shirts etch aerosol lines on warehouse walls

 

in words I cannot comprehend. All of this

happening in a time no older than your last

 

heartbeat. I’ve been told the internet is

an unholy place — an endless intangible

 

stumbling ground of false deities

dogma and loneliness, sad as a pile of shit

 

in a world without flies. My loneliness exists

in every afterthought. Yesterday, I watched

 

a neighbor braid intricate waves of cornrows

into her son’s tiny head and could have lived

 

in her focus-wrinkled brow for a living. Today

I think I practice the religion of  blinking too much.

 

Today, I know no neighbor’s name and won’t

know if  I like it or not. O holy streaming screen

 

of counterculture punks, linger my lit mind

on landing strips — through fog, rain, hail —

 

without care for time or density. O world

wide web, o viral video, o god of excrement

 

thought. Befriend me. Be fucking infectious.

Move my eyes from one sight to the next.

 

 

 

 

Pied Piper

 

 

Andy Warhol, (1928-1987), American, taught us to love the million flashing images in wild and wonderful colours. 

 

To crave them…

 

 

 

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A view of portraits made by Andy Warhol between 1963 and 1987, exhibited at the Whitney Museum of (North) American Art in 2018/19

 

 

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Left:  Irving Blum and Kimiko Powers, both 1972

Right: Ileana Sonnabend, 1973 and Henry Geldzahlher, 1973-74.

All acrylic and silkscreen ink on linen.  Loaned by various to the Whitney Museum of Art in 2018/19

 

 

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A view of portraits made by Andy Warhol between 1963 and 1987 at the Whitney Museum of (North) American Art in 2018/19

 

 

 

and not to be afraid to put ourselves in the frame of a virtual life. 

 

 

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Silver Liz (diptych), two panels, 1963, silkscreen ink, acrylic, spraypaint on canvas.

Private collection on loan to the Whitney Museum, NY in 2018/19

 

 

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Gold Marilyn, 1962, silkscreen ink and acrylic on canvas. 

Loan to the Whitney Museum in 2018/19 from a foundation in Germany.

 

 

 

So much more heart-palpitatingly interesting than the life ordinary, the life mundane…

 

 

 

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Republic of Estonia E-Residency Kit, designed 2014, plastic, paper, software, electronics

made by the Republic of Estonia E-Residency Program, Talinn, Estonia.  Exhibited in 2019 at the Philadelphia Art Museum.

In 2014, Estonia introduced the concept of E-Residency offering anyone, anywhere the opportunity to apply for digital residency in Estonia. 

The program is administered by digital Government-issued ID cards.

  It does not grant tax residency or citizenship.  It permits online secure access for business or personal use from anywhere; access to Estonian public and private services; encryption and secure transmission of documents; and access to international payment service providers.

 

 

 

 

 

Detail of App Addiction, charcoal, 2017.  

  Maria Christina Jimenez.  Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

 

 

 

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Drowning, oil on linen, 2017. 

Maria Christina Jimenez.  Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

 

 

 

 

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Cables and Wires, screenprint. 

Artist TBD.  2018 Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unplug, oil on linen, 2017. Maria Christina Jimenez

  Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

 

 

 

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Fall with Me for a Million Days (My Sweet Waterfall), 2016, oil on canvas.

Celeste Dupuy-Spencer,  American born 1979.  Whitney Biennial, NY, 2017

 

 

 

 

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Subway Ride, oil, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 2016. 

Josias Figueirido, a student in 2016 at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia

 

 

 

 

 

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Dopamine Chemical Code CBH11NC2, and detail, oil on linen, 2017. 

Maria Christina Jimenez.  Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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