Popular culture motifs are embraced and celebrated by artists worldwide. Artists have a long history of looking to popular culture for inspiration as they draw on attitudes, ideas, images, and other phenomena presented in mainstream mass media. From Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein to Claus Oldenburg and Jean Dubuffet—popular culture themes, aesthetics and sensibilities inform what artists create and subsequently shape the way we reflect on our culture, mirroring our values and culture back to us. Similarly, pop culture themes regularly infuse the work of Arts Project artists, who explore broad-ranging subject matter and often use mass culture—advertising, music, internet images, Hollywood, and celebrity figures—to inform their work.
POP! is a group exhibition that provides a snapshot of the bold, colourful and astute work of Arts Project artists who celebrate popular culture in a myriad of ways. Whether it’s text or image-based, POP! focuses on artists whose artwork embodies a pop aesthetic and uses aspects of popular culture to inform their work.
From Patrick Francis’ pop icons like Nicki Minaj and Simon Paredes interpretations of soft drink cans and primas, Arts Project artists reflect what they observe day-to-day and playfully pay homage to their favourite artists and popular culture images that they see presented through digital media.
Featuring works by: Suzanne Barnes, Peter Ben, Boris Cipusev, Alan Constable, Emily Dober, Patrick Francis, Bronwyn Hack, Kate Knight, Bobby Kyriakopoulos, Adrian Lazzaro, Michael Licenblat, Julian Martin, Chris O’Brien, Simon Paredes, Lisa Reid, Anthony Romagnano and Terry Williams.
Coinciding with POP! is the group exhibition We could be heroes, curated by Paul Hodges.
Opening: Saturday 28 April | 3 – 5pm
Dates: 28 April – 9 June 2018
Curator: Sim Luttin
Image | Suzanne Barnes, Caravan, 2017, pencil and carbon transfer on paper, 20.5 x 29 cm.