MAKING an EXHIBITION of HIMSELF
Who said this: "We must talk about the elements. Elements, ambience and abstract vision."? And this: "The consumer is the communicator. X, the perceiver. The perceived is alive." Sounds a bit like Einstein, but actually it was Nick Rhodes explaining his polaroids (you know, those blurry old photos with "meaningful" titles like "Vertigo In Children", "Gadgets That Are Good (3rd View)" etc.. Definitely a bit on the arty side, old Nick. These days he hangs about with the likes of Andy Warhol (legendary '60s pop artist who mave v. trendy pictures of Campbell's soup cans), swops "pocket paintings" with his famous painterly friends, and gets lots of his ideas from art exhibitions. "I first took notice of art in Birmingham," he explains. "There was this gallery there called the Ikon - it was a great place to hang out. There was a cafe there, so instead of going to a bar for lunch, I'd go to the Ikon Gallery to see what was going on. Since then I've always found art galleries very relaxing - and inspiring!" So seeing as Nick is such a connasewer (and seeing as Bitz is a bit arty on ver side), we decided to follow him round a recent exhibition of young American artists to find out what on earth he made of it all. . .
ZIPPY PAINT JOB
NOT ANDY WARHOL