2008, L34 by W32 by H13 inches: wire and a working Underwood typewriter, automotive paint
Brett Taylor has always been heavily influenced by the written word, particularly the experimental or avant garde writers that came through in the 50s and 60s – including William S. Burroughs.
This piece is a beautiful tribute to WSB’s seminal work The Naked Lunch. Brett felt that the film by Canadian director David Cronenberg actually managed to capture the essence of the writing, and this sculpture is a tribute to both the book and the iconic scene in the film where the author/lead character confronts writer’s block. The hallucinatory nature of the scene is extremely powerful, and conjures up the devouring energy of creativity.
By using a working typewriter, the piece has a nostalgic feeling for when the written word was really written.
Sam Walsh (1934-1989), William Burroughs (1914–1997) (n.d.), oil on board, 91 x 91 cm. Via BBC.
Reggie Watts @ Conan (July 21, 2014)
Benedict Cumberbatch is stopped yet again from illegally downloading movies, God bless
David Goodrich’s portrait of William S Burroughs
Burroughs helped finish the portrait by shooting a bag of paint over Goodrich’s painting - creating what looks like an “owl” in the window.
Here is Goodrich’s memories of meeting William S Burroughs.
Excerpt from his memories: He had a piece of his own to shoot, one of those 3-d postcards of the crucifixion that he had attached to a panel. He amused himself more than once by mumbling “I’m going to shoot Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday.”
This artist was unfortunately found dead on a Utah Trail on Tuesday, July 22nd. His story on meeting Burroughs is definitely worth a read and the painting itself is absolutely fantastic.
I can feel the heat closing in, feel them out there making their moves, setting up their devil doll stool pigeons, crooning…