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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Magpie Tales: buying soup

Each week, a Magpie Tales photo prompt arrives from Willow Manor, and each week we are given the opportunity to write something about it, or to write something inspired by it, or even to write a review of it (but few ever do that).

This week's prompt features a 1960s photo of Andy Warhol buying soup and paper towels.

Here is my submission to Mag 106:

Andy was young, and living alone, so his mom had given him a book for Christmas: 100 Recipes Using Cream of Mushroom Soup, and the book, in turn, gave him an idea. He would buy different kinds of soup, different colors of soup, different thicknesses and consistencies of soup, and pour a can of each onto the top of an open roll of paper towels, to see how each kind of soup behaved. Would the mushroom soup grow fungi? Would the tomato soup ooze like blood? Would the cream of asparagus soup run greenly down the paper-towel-slope like industrial waste? Would the alphabet soup get its letters together to register an objection to the entire process? He had to know, and he had to turn his results into a kind of art the public had never seen.

19 comments:

Mimi Foxmorton said...

Brilliant! :)

Mama Zen said...

The line about the alphabet soup cracked me up. Outstanding Magpie!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Very funny, especially the alphabet soup - is this for real?

Friko said...

I bet that's how he did it too! It would at least make sense.

Jinksy said...

Your alphabet soup idea is great - we could all use it to write poetry! LOL

Brian Miller said...

you know...he def proved you can make art out of anything...wonder if i could write poetry by spilling a can of alphabet soup...hmm....

christopher said...

Something like this is almost certainly the actual process of Andy's art. Of course, he was quite a different fellow. That helped.

Kay L. Davies said...

@ Christopher — Thanks! I'd like to think I looked into the mind of the artist. Most likely, I read something in the 60s and it's in the nether reaches of my brain.
K

Teagan said...

Love how you captured the pure love of experiment that seems to be so present in Warhol's art - beautiful words!

Kathe W. said...

Great Scott! Stellar!

Doctor FTSE said...

Great stuff. And there was me thinking he actually painted his paintings.

izzy said...

Yup love the alphabet soup! a little salty nowadays tho- Very creative!

Berowne said...

Great art in the making...:-)

Little Nell said...

I like the idea of alphabet soup registering a protest (must have been trying word verification too- well done on your own protest!).

Tess Kincaid said...

Every once in a while I still make a recipe with cream of mushroom...just for old times sake...

JJ Roa Rodriguez said...

this is awesome! unique!... love it...

JJRod'z

Linda said...

As your poem suggests, Andy may have been comparing the thickness of soup to the thickness of silk screen printing ink. Can soup be used for silk screening? The creative connections artists make are illusive and decidedly different. Your poem captures that essence. Thanks for sharing, Kay.

Wayne Pitchko said...

well done...thanks for sharing this

Tumblewords: said...

It was art that hadn't been seen...great little magpie.