iPop
a survey of global contemporary Pop
September 10 through November 10, 2005
Opening reception: Saturday September 10, 7-10pm

 

 

 

Art Murmur Gallery's second show "iPop," is an exhibition of global contemporary art. iPop surveys the current state of Pop art, as it has evolved from the Dada and Surrealist archetypes of the early twentieth century. Originally conceived as a response to the elitism of Abstract Expressionism, Pop congealed as a full fledged movement in Britain in the 1950's. Richard Hamilton described pop as "Popular (designed for a mass audience); transient (short term solution); expendable (easily forgotten); low cost; mass-produced; young (aimed at youth); witty; sexual-gimmicky; glamorous; and big business." American artists in the 1960's embraced this fascination with the disposable nature of contemporary culture, however artists split into factions. On the one hand artists sought to imply social, political, or moral commentary with their images (Rauschenberg, Oldenberg, Johns, Indiana); while on the other hand, artists such as Warhol, Ramos and Lichtenstein deliberately highlighted the emptiness of their subjects. Regional subgenres of Pop developed in California and elsewhere (Thiebald, Kienholtz, Hockney). Celebrity, technology, pornography and the media were fair game for Pop artists over the 70's through the 90's.

In the twenty-first century, artists from around the world are witnessing the ascendance of Warhol's vision, as the proliferation of information technology and the internet, in tandem with the pervasiveness of the media, threaten to overwhelm the universal and timeless human quest for truth, meaning and beauty. In the era of the sound bite, cell phone and the iPod, contemporary artists from around the world offer their distinctive stances on the dawn of the digital age, ranging from exhilaration, desperation, awe and derision, and often in keeping with Pop convention, a celebration of nothingness.

 

united states

david
cabrera

len
davis

william
di bello

todd
elliot

alex
feliciano

leandra
hinrichs

j'brenta
jordan

scott
listfield

jake
longstreth

janna
stern

yarrow
earth hock

 
yoffy

 
poland

magda
bielesz

agnieszka
kieliszczyk

karol
radziszewski

 
 

 
china

 
australia

yun
bai

anthony
wright

 
hungary

gyorffy
laszlo

 
 

 

 

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