The Factory, Billy Name and Andy Warhol
In the 60’s Andy, Warhol was a commercially successful artist and meet the house photographer Billy Name who later became known as the Factory photographer. The factory was Andy’s workplace for creative Commons in New York. The factory was an unprepared arena where people could come, play and work. Photography should become documentation of the pop artists in a decade where a camera seen as the natural mirror.
They were children of technology
They were children of technology and when Norelco gave factory their first video machine, it was almost like someone getting a new pair of shoes. Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Liechtenstein and Andy Warhol had let it be known that technology was now a part of art. Andy was very fascinated by technology and soon people like Billy Kluver from Bell Labs meet with Andy, and they made together the silver cloud. Artists were introduced to scientist and engineers to make artworks. You walked in, expose yourself and develop yourself.
They were children of technology and when Norelco gave factory their first video machine, it was almost like someone getting a new pair of shoes. Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Liechtenstein and Andy Warhol had let it be known that technology was now a part of art. Andy was very fascinated by technology and soon people like Billy Kluver from Bell Labs meet with Andy, and they made together the silver cloud. Artists were introduced to scientist and engineers to make artworks. You walked in, expose yourself and develop yourself. People who came to the factory assumed that they would be photographed, and they were. The factory became a place where people were aware what kind of outfit to pose with. Billy Name was the Factory photographer, and a kind of extension of Andy and Factory was a place where the function had a great importance. Most of the people who worked there never had or could have a regular job, and Factory functioned as a studio and workplace for all creative included Andy. Andy paid the rent and food when needed, and the level of creative people was many so one should assume the competing about being famous was high with envy emotions. In fact, not, the factory was instead a place where people maintained their level of professional attitude and keep up with everything; it was like a club of actors, with respect, admiration and teamwork.
The Factory was not about being decadent
A lot of people have this view that factory was a place to party, drugs and orgy and at a certain time in New York if you were of any significance in the cultural scene, you would go to the factory; it was important to be there. It was a place where the current creative people could meet. There was nothing cheap or chintz about it, but you needed to like kitsch. Morrison, Nureyev, Judy and Tennessee were there not for slumming or anything. Of course, party, clubbing, concert, drugs were a part of the creative scene.
Money was no big thing then; however, acid was
The factory was more like a place where people just making art and hanging out and seldom people actually bought anything, and people did not really need money than, Claes Oldenburg opened a shop on the lower East Side, and the name was The Store, but as you walked in you realized that it was a huge piece of art. A surrealist feeling as being on an acid trip, acid was a part of the scene and a level of the experience. One can see too clearly see and feel the loss of parameters you live by as they disappear, and suddenly you are nowhere and everywhere at the same time. This comes across in artworks as The Bathroom series Billy Names color pictures had a sense of contemporary feel, and it’s almost as it happens next door. In the beginning of the factory years, or in the first factory, Billy Name, mostly shoot, black and white and used anything available for light or the lights used for the entire film making that happened. In the second factory, Billy got flash, a big and powerful one, and it was then he decided to shoot some color.
Andy fascinated with making glamour
Andy attracted people to the scene and drawn to the idea of glamour as a concept, he really wanted to find out what glamour made of and composed. Andy actually did mold out of Edie and Nico in Velvet Underground to type what kind of glamor the band came to have. The recipes of glamour. Andy and Billy made a mold, of how they wanted the characters to be like, like a Disney Cartoon. Andy became drawn into making himself as a mold artwork. He wanted always to be a famous or known as a great artist. Instead, he became so into this character making that he became one. Andy did not even look at glamour, and he did know that he did not look at glamour, but Andy found out what glamour made of and figured out how to do it.Billy Name was in the position of following and be around Glamour The environment and in-crowd Billy Name documented as the house photographer was people who attracted by Andy’s intense Karma and electricity. People did not want to miss it, was like being in the right place at the right time. Billy was not a photographer in that senses like you are a waiter, and he is a chef, no. Everybody was like actors in a play with different roles that Andy gave out and asked people to do.
Andy Warhol was not pretty in the sense of Hollywood pretty
He probably was more concerned about it when he was alone. When he was out he knew how to make glamour, and that was satisfying for him. Andy became very intense about creating this mold character, so he became one. When you start molding and create yourself is a good idea to know how to make glamor, and he did over glamorize everything. That is maybe why young people who are artists later think what an artist was. He was a kind of beauty like a kid with acne who almost looks good. Andy had a complex personality, and opposite the Hollywood glamour where you have to sleep with the producer to get ahead. Billy Name was always carrying the camera with him not only at the Factory scene but also outside and did different Job, and after he left Andy, he became a Billy Name as his own.
- The Factory A great exhibition with images New York underground scene surrounding The Factory, Andy Warhol’s original New York City studio in the 60s
- All tomorrow’s party. Billy Names photography on Andy Warhol’s Factory, Published by frieze, London and D.A.P., New York. ISBN 1 881616843 Sources and thanks to Billy Name 1997, courtesy of Garvin enterprise, New York
- The Factory addresses 19 E32 and 22 E33, Between Park and Madison.
- One o the best websites about Andy Warhol
- Andy Warhol – was one of the most important artists of pop art, which became extremely popular in the second half of the twentieth century.
- The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground was an American rock band formed in New York City. First active from 1964 to 1973, their best-known members were Lou Reed and John Cale, who both went on to find success as solo artists. Although experiencing little commercial success while together, the band is often cited by many critics as one of the most important and influential groups of the 1960s. An often-repeated statement, usually attributed to Brian Eno or Peter Buck, is that the first Velvet Underground album only sold 10,000 copies, but everyone who bought it formed a band.
- Andy Warhol managed the Velvet Underground, and it was the house band at his studio, the Factory, and his Exploding Plastic Inevitable events. The provocative lyrics of some of the band’s songs gave a nihilistic outlook to some of their music.
- Billy Name – Billy Name, born William Linich, 22 February 1940 in Poughkeepsie, New York, is an American photographer, filmmaker and lighting designer. He was the archivist of the Warhol Factory, from 1964 to 1970. His brief romance and subsequent friendship with Andy Warhol led to real collaboration on Warhol’s work, including his films, paintings and sculpture. Linich became Billy Name among the coterie known as the Warhol Superstars. He was responsible for silvering Warhol’s New York studio, the Factory, where he lived until 1970. His photographs of the scene at the Warhol Factory and of Warhol himself are important documents of the Pop-art area