Taylor Swift Factory Studio
March 2 from 2-4
12700 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave, TX
Visit the Hive Gallery Artist’s Reception and participate in a free demonstration workshop around Stafford Wood’s art installation, “Best Believe I’m Still Bejeweled.”
Andy Warhol’s studio was famously called “The Factory” to reinforce the philosophy of his work: that fine art can be reproduced and needn’t be unique to be valuable, it can be based on forms and icons that are popular and can be produced in an assembly line fashion.
Stafford Wood is a pop artist in Austin whose latest work called “Best Believe I’m still Bejeweled” is an homage to Warhol’s process and product. The “destruction of the sacred” by gluing art onto vinyl albums (that were sacred in the artist’s childhood home) gave her the same feelings of guilt as if she’d desecrated the American flag ala Mapplethorpe or Dread Scott. And finally the glitter paint pen work evokes memories of 80s kids with stickers and markers drawing in a yearbook. The choice of Taylor Swift in the place of Marilyn Monroe was deliberate as Taylor has referenced herself as a product that she wants 100% control of the marketing and profit from.
Taylor Swift’s billion dollar 2023 tour, remastering of her own work in order to profit from it, and selection for Person of the Year by Time Magazine truly immortalizes that she is “The Man.”
As an art piece, the different feelings and facial attributes that are created by the exact same photograph with simply different colors applied illustrates the effect of color on our perception of people.