POP EXPLOSION: the Artist and Popular Culture
January 18 - March 29, 2014
Reception: Saturday, January 18, 2014
Flash-Bang by Gary Duehr
"Once you 'got' Pop, you could never see a sign the same way again. And once you thought Pop, you could never see America the same way again." -Andy Warhol
Pop culture entered the art world as a reaction to postwar consumerism: a visual interpretation of youthful optimism in dayto- day life. Artists recognized shared trends in music, film, fashion, consumerism, and advertising and brought them into the world of fine art, creating a depiction of the current ethos.
With the technological developments of the 21st century, popular trends have boomed, leaving the art world with a much broader sense of what this ethos is in the contemporary moment. Tools that, in the past, have been used exclusively by the artist are now more readily available to everyone. The Internet, social media, up-and-coming apps, smart phones, and tablets are all channels that provide world access to popular culture and creativity. Contemporary artists who capture their source material directly from popular culture continue to explore exactly how “the now” becomes “the iconic.”
This exhibition is juried by Nicholas Chambers, The Milton Fine Curator of Art at the Andy Warhol Museum, and Robert Beckman, Director at Artists Image Resource.
This reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.