There is, at the end, no comeuppance, just a sense of the stealth poison of materiality—its psychic numbing.
All the smells and the gooeyness of it all, and just the materiality of it is exciting.
materiality is a Taurus watchword and Johns incorporated various media into his work.
1520s, "that which is the matter of something," from Modern Latin materialitas, from materialis (see material (adj.)). From 1560s as "quality of being material;" 1640s as "quality of being important to matters at hand."