Yellowism Studio #2 has opened on 4th April 2013 in London, UK
(The first yellowism studio was in Cairo, Egypt in 2010/2011 http://www.flickr.com/photos/yellowism )
“No news from Andy Warhol with the red sunflower in a yellowistic chamber”
yellowistic draft (not a piece of yellowism)
watercolors on Guardian newspaper 25.04.2013
►► The Treachery of Ontological Images
by Marcin Lodyga
text dedicated to Khadija Davies, Easter 2013
I look at “Treachery of Images” by Rene Magritte and I say: “this is not a work of art” because this painting is placed in a yellowistic chamber. Magritte painted a pipe and wrote under it: “Ceçi n’est pas une pipe” - this is not a pipe. Indeed, what we see on canvas is not actually a pipe, but the image of a pipe.
Rene Magritte, ”Treachery of Images”
As Harkness characterizes Foucault and Magritte in his introduction to Michel Foucault book “This is Not a Pipe”, both engage in a critique of language: the former historico- epistemological, the latter visual. Each in his own way concurs with the linguist Ferdinand de Saussure in asserting the arbitrariness of the sign. However, in the arbitrary context of yellowism, Magritte’s message and Foucault’s analysis of the distinction between resemblance and similitude in visual representation are not important anymore.The discussion between painter and philosopher and their critique of language ends here, in the chamber. Now you can only say the final sentence, the last possible expression of, perhaps, still postmodern parlance: “this is about yellow” or “this is not a work of art”.
The pipe on the painting only looks like a pipe but you can not put tobacco into it and smoke. This is not a pipe then. Moreover, Magritte’s painting inside a yellowistic chamber is not a work of art, it gained the new status, it only looks like works of art. According to the manifesto, pieces of yellowism can look like works of art but are not works of art. If you see Magritte’s pipe inside yellowism and you think that it is art - you are wrong. You are looking at a piece of yellowism. This is the treachery of “ontological images”.
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►► The Authors of the Death
by Marcin Lodyga
When looking from art perspective, one can say that yellowism is a dead territory where the richness of meanings and interpretations is reduced to one - to yellow. But one needs to remember that yellowists don’t announce the death of art. Art is and will be alive forever. They rather say that yellowism is dead, inert, homogeneous mass without creativity. Authors of the manifesto and definition of yellowism are the authors of the death - yellowists are the authors of a single interpretation. This death is positioned outside of art, like mirror.
Roland Barthes in “The Death of the Author” says: “To give a text an Author” and assign a single, corresponding interpretation to it “is to impose a limit on that text.” Barthes argues against the method of reading that relies on aspects of the author’s identity — their political views, historical context, religion, ethnicity, psychology, or other biographical or personal attributes — to distill meaning from the author’s work. Yellowists want to impose a limit on the text, on art, and on ordinary reality too, but not by giving a “text” an author. Paraphrasing Barthes I say: To give a “text” a YELLOW and assign a single, corresponding interpretation to it is to impose a limit on the text. Barthes demands the death of the author (author disappears) because the author’s identity limits the text, the reading. In yellowism case author also disappears and yellow - the necessary “limitation” appears instead of the author.
Inside yellowism the artistic kingdom of meanings and interpretations is erased together with the author. It doesn’t matter WHO made a piece of yellowism because all pieces were, are and will be about yellow only. Yellowism is permanent, boring, inert, homogeneous flat, ‘dead’ mass. Always was and always will be. Like in the forest where all the trees (meanings) ‘look’ the same – wherever you go you are in the same place anyway. A thousand kilometers left, two meters right or backwards – you are always in the same place. In yellowism the nature of the authors has “the identity of the indistinguishable forest”.
Barthes conclusion: “the birth of the reader must be ransomed by the death of the Author.” Yellowism conclusion: the death of meanings and the death of the author must be ransomed by the birth of single meaning - yellow.
“Sounds from the chamber”
piece of yellowism
for public audition in yellowistic chambers only
CD / audio recording of a walk through Miroslaw Balka exhibition Gravity made in the gallery space
executed in 2013
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