Art and absinthe

Sepulchritude Forum: The Absinthe Forum Archives Thru July 2001: Art and absinthe
By Artist on Friday, November 23, 2001 - 02:21 am: Edit

Hi...this thread comes close to what I am looking for (I was going to start a new one called "Art, Absinthe and Creativity", but in searching the archives, this caught my eye).

I have read the earlier posts and see the connection between Absinthe and art in general - I especially like what Head said:

"I say my level of inspiration has escalated since my introduction to it. I am inspired by the passion for the drink, Don and Ted, work inspired by absinthe, the chase of the vintage, the promise of secondary effects, the nostalgia. "

…but I was wondering whether anyone has some empirical or anecdotal knowledge about actually creating a piece of art while consuming absinthe...?

I will probably give this a try with a new painting in the near future. (I have painted before while inebriated - specifically a nice Chardonnay - the painting wasn't a Chardonnay, that's what I had had to drink (*grin*).)

I am familiar with all the questions/hoopla surrounding "secondary effects", but given my fairly recent experiences, I am content that there is something there. Anyone wish to suggest what might go best with this effort? (NS 70, Segarra, Deva 50/70, Serpis 65, Herring or Montana are my current choices available.)

I would be glad to post the results if there is an interest...

Note: I have been interested in Absinthe for years, but have only recently (last two months) seriously tried it - my teacher was very much into the Fin de Siecle - (seeing Picasso's "Absinthe Cup" at LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art - was very interesting) - and I have been following this forum for a few months...

(PS - my first experience with Absinthe was at a club in Los Angeles called "Bar Sinister" about two years ago...I had two drinks - badly served in a tall glass after being shaken with two packets of sugar and water and ice - but the green fairy seemed to reveal herself to me anyways...)

By Morriganlefey on Friday, June 29, 2001 - 09:39 am: Edit

Good god, Midas - my claustrophobia is SCREAMING after reading that. Add a bucket full of maggots to the mix and you'd have me delirious and clawing everyone's eyes out to escape. THAT'D be art for ya.

-M

By Midas on Friday, June 29, 2001 - 07:45 am: Edit

I once did a performance piece that involved getting an audience of 40 people in to a photographic darkroom built to accomodate about 8 people at a time, then locked the doors, turned out all the lights, and blasted them for about 15 minutes with noise music from 4 different steroes at full volume.


Then the actual performance began...

I aimed to have at least two people feel uncomfortable. When the lights came on, about 4 or 5 people were crying. Tkae that as you will, but for me it was perfect.

By Pataphysician on Friday, June 29, 2001 - 07:24 am: Edit

>I've got my B.A. in art history.. what do you specialize in?

Dada and Surrealism

By Pataphysician on Friday, June 29, 2001 - 07:20 am: Edit

attitude 1
attitude 2

By Verawench on Thursday, June 28, 2001 - 08:07 pm: Edit

Pataphysician,

I've got my B.A. in art history.. what do you specialize in?

By Pataphysician on Thursday, June 28, 2001 - 06:20 pm: Edit

Well I'll show you tomorrow.

By Pataphysician on Thursday, June 28, 2001 - 06:12 pm: Edit

(silly me)
I first got a degree in the drawin' n' paintin' thing many isms ago. Then I got a Masters at the home of The International Dada Archive (Thesis: "The Influence of Anarchist Philosophy on Dada"). My day job is Art Historian, but my creative outlet is conceptual art. Now, in the Absinthe era, I've gotten more into the realm of public pranks.

Here's a recent work that may or may not be Absinthe influenced. You be the judge. Image A is a found object that some well-meaning upper-management-type posted by the copy machine at work. Image B is my detournement.
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By Pataphysician on Thursday, June 28, 2001 - 06:08 pm: Edit

I first got a degree in the drawin' n' paintin' thing many isms ago. Then I got a Masters at the home of The International Dada Archive (Thesis: "The Influence of Anarchist Philosophy on Dada"). My day job is Art Historian, but my creative outlet is conceptual art. Now, in the Absinthe era, I've gotten more into the realm of public pranks.

Here's a recent work that may or may not be Absinthe influenced. You be the judge. Image A is a found object that some well-meaning upper-management-type posted by the copy machine at work. Image B is my detournement.

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By Midas on Thursday, June 28, 2001 - 12:56 am: Edit

Vera, good to see you like Faith and the Muse. I saw them at the Whitby festival a couple of years ago, and they were great. It was just after Rozz Williams topped himself, so they did a cover of Romeo's Distress. Really beautiful.
Oh, and the art is pretty damn fine too.

By Cheri on Wednesday, June 27, 2001 - 07:35 pm: Edit

I'm a graphic designer and I've found that while drinking absinthe, I get a whole lot of ideas..and I talk excessively about those ideas..can describe them in detail to another, yet, I don't actually put them to paper or computer at the time, and then, the time passes and the vision isn't as vivid or seem as stimulating when I try to recreate it all when "sober."

I also love to write and curse myself for not having handy a tape recorder or notebook and pen when sipping absinthe..the words flow in my mind, but putting them to "paper" when convenient is a chore.

All in all I would say that my creativity flows, ideas become frequent and mental imagery vivid, but unless I can capture it somehow at the moment it's not really productive creativity for me..

By Marc on Wednesday, June 27, 2001 - 07:01 pm: Edit

shall we start discussing deaths related to alcohol?

I say: to each his own.

By Pataphysician on Wednesday, June 27, 2001 - 06:50 pm: Edit

"Lenny Bruce died as he lived: sitting on the toilet with a syringe in his arm."

By Heiko on Wednesday, June 27, 2001 - 06:19 pm: Edit

"They talked plenty about heroin."

It inspires you so much, you will definitely know you're the best artist of the world when you're lying in the public toilet of your choice with a syringe in your arm. ;-)

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"I am inspired by [...] the promise of secondary effects [...]"

...do I still recognize the original, one and only HEAD in that little phrase?

By Head_Prosthesis on Wednesday, June 27, 2001 - 06:19 pm: Edit

Oh yeah I'm not only inspired by booze. There's porn and MAD Magazine too.

By Melinelly on Wednesday, June 27, 2001 - 06:07 pm: Edit

love is my muse
death is my muse

though absinthe definitely seems to light the path to either.

i dabble in many arts... writing, drawing, screaming...

By Marc on Wednesday, June 27, 2001 - 05:42 pm: Edit

absinthe is not my muse.
wine is.
psychedelics used to be.

I'm a songwriter and nightclub designer.

By Head_Prosthesis on Wednesday, June 27, 2001 - 05:23 pm: Edit

Through out my schooling at the Center for Creative Studies (BFA in Scuplture) there wasn't one word about Absinthe and artists. They talked plenty about heroin.

I say my level of inspiration has escalated since my introduction to it. I am inspired by the passion for the drink, Don and Ted, work inspired by absinthe, the chase of the vintage, the promise of secondary effects, the nostalgia.

(o.k. where did Head go? Who kidnapped him?)

By Verawench on Wednesday, June 27, 2001 - 12:58 pm: Edit

Bah! Here's how:

http://www.beautyandruin.com/alex

Some may find the new Absinthe madam particularly pleasing.. she's the last piece in the first row of thumbnails.

Absinthe influenced several doodles of mine directly. The rest is a matter of derivative.. taking my line from Beardsley and my aesthetics from Wilde's salon sermons and quips and my visions from Baudelaire's fever-ridden verse.
All artists of the Fin de Siecle absinthe generation.

By Mike on Wednesday, June 27, 2001 - 12:48 pm: Edit

I was wondering how many artist's we had on this board and to be more specific, how has absinthe effected your work as an artist?
I for one (a bassist), has had an increase in appetite for the arts, not only music but now painting and poetry. Am I the only one who has experienced more work after I started to drink absinthe on a regular basis? All I can really say is that it seems to have sparked my creative side.
This Sat. night I'll be drinking some Swiss during our set at the Hard Rock Live. I'll make a point to have a special absinthe board
moment during the set and think of all within.
Thank you all for the help, conversation and understanding. Good luck to all and think about me about 10:30p.m. on Sat. eastern time!

peace to all my honorable compadres

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