By Paul Chimera
Salvador Dalí Historian-Writer
I’m certain that, were Salvador Dalí alive and working today, he would have figured out a way to align his unique brand of showmanship with that of Lady Gaga. It would have been a rather perfect match, when you think about it. Despite Gaga’s tamer affectations in recent months, the woman still channels a lot of weirdness as her boundless talent takes the world by storm.
How ironic, moreover, that Gaga is only a letter shy of Gala! Dalí surely would have seized on that twist of fate.
But back in the day, when Dalí was exploring the exciting then-new phenomenon of holography and how its three-dimensionality could be harnessed to the vision of a Surrealist, there was another outlandish and popular music star whose outrageous public persona paired splendidly with Dalí’s: Alice Cooper.
Just about anyone familiar enough with Dalí knows he created a cylindrical hologram of “Alice Cooper’s Brain.” He fancied the glam rock star because he represented, Dalí explained, a great example of total confusion! “The more confusion the better!”, Dalí insisted, as he had Cooper join him in a press conference that was seen and heard around the world.
Now comes what I think is a wonderful comment from Cooper, recently reported on the nme.com website. In an interview there, the still popular musician was asked what his favorite Dalí memory was. Here’s what he said:
“Well, Salvador Dalí was a show unto himself. Just him walking into a room was very theatrical. One time, he ordered drinks for us all, then ordered himself a glass of hot water. When it came, he reached into his pocket and pulled out a big jar of honey. And he starts pouring the honey into the hot water and lifts it all the way up – gets a big stream of honey going on – then pulls out a pair of scissors from his pocket and cuts the stream (laughs). He was inherently theatrical and you couldn’t understand a word he said. But he was the greatest technical artist of all time.”
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