I ♥ The Ubiquitous Promiscuous Heart

This line speaks to a modus vivendi

To ♥ New York is to love it in an epicurean way, with one’s whole body, to accept its flaws, to revel in its sensory overload, to become accustomed to the unexpected.

which gains its import from a matter of intertextual interest..

Scott King’s graphic identity for the retrospective, displayed here and at other sites, recalls Milton Glaser’s iconic I ♥ NY and all the ubiquity, repeatability, and multiplicity of meaning that relentlessly reproduced piece of design has come to signify. To ♥ New York is to love it in an epicurean way, with one’s whole body, to accept its flaws, to revel in its sensory overload, to become accustomed to the unexpected. It’s a lot like ♥ing Giorno, whose work sets out to provoke and engage, to turn a passive viewer or listener into an active participant, a maker and a doer—hearting, helping, dialing, laughing. I ♥ John Giorno is itself a repeating mantra.

https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2017/08/29/♥-john-giorno/
I ♥ John Giorno and So Should You
Chantal McStay
The Paris Review

Grounded in action …

For the AIDS Treatment Project, a grassroots program that collects funds and gives them directly to AIDS patients, [John] Giorno approached his philanthropic efforts with compassion and a do-what-you-can, do-it-yourself attitude:

My intention is to treat a complete stranger as a lover or a close friend; in the same spirit as in the golden age of promiscuity, we made fabulous love with beautiful strangers, and celebrated life with glorious substances. ‘God please fuck my mind for good!’ Now that their life is ravaged with AIDS, we offer love from the same root, in the form of boundless compassion.

or again…

to love in an epicurean way, with one’s whole body, to accept its flaws, to revel in its sensory overload, to become accustomed to the unexpected.

And so for day 2570
26.12.2013

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