Pop Art, like all good pop has really stood the test of time. Kinda like Madonna, one of Andy’s prophecies, what’s dismissed early on as frivolous and momentary finds a way to stay relevant has more “fine art” drifts in and out. In his recent show Pop Fiction at Toy Art Gallery, Francesco Molfetta keeps the tradition going.
When the tabloids went to town, Andy Warhol followed. The late pop artist who has been described as an artistic voyeur was of course a noted news junkie. You can keep your books of Job and David, The New York Post was Andy’s Bible. Warhol: Headlines, a new exhibit running at The National Gallery of Art focuses on Warhol’s so-called Headline paintings.
American Icons, a recent solo exhibition by Hernando Alzate was nothing new under the sun. But that isn’t saying much. What is new these days? All forms of creation rely heavily on the work made before it. However, what American Icons lacked in new ideas, it made up for with visually stimulating images and an in depth process that if anything is a technical achievement. In one piece, he’ll evoke the pop masters of the past, Warhol and Lichtenstein. In another he nods to the pop master of the present, check out his Mr. Brainwash nod in the above image.
Sneaky Sound System is our latest sonic obsession. Part Neptunes era Kelis, party Vanity Six, part Marilyn Monroe, their video for their single ‘We Love’ is a quirky, bright video that gives tongue and cheek a very literal meaning. The track is insanely catchy, and nods to the 80’s while managing to ooze everything contemporary. Andy would be proud.
Marcelo Daldoce started painting at 16. Three years later he dropped out of school to as he simply puts, “stay home to paint by myself.” “I always liked to draw when I was a kid, but I never really thought about pursuing it,” the artist explains. “In high school, a friend suggested I apply to a Magnet School for the arts. I guess when I actually got accepted I realized I could make a living with art.”
A year later Marcelo is applying to Núcleo de Arte. After school and a big internship Marcelo was given opportunity after another to work with ad agencies in Brazil.
A year later he left his job to work on personal projects. An artist with a day job is a lot like a super hero with a secret identity. Superman with a paintbrush. Spiderman with a canvas. But that lifestyle grew tiring for Marcelo.
“I used to work on my personal projects at night or on weekends and there was never enough time to devote,” Marcelo explains. “You have to consciously stop looking at art from the standpoint of pleasing a client, and realize that the client is yourself, your own feeling or idea.”
It was artist Jackson Pollock that influenced the artist to pursue his work in a more fluid manner that pleasing a client can’t give.
“I like to think of Jackson Pollock as the lamp in my illustration dark room,” he says. “The years I was in advertising I had to work within a client’s specific parameters, but I could still find a way to add some personal flourish.”
“When I look at Pollock’s work I feel inspired to bring the images I paint more from my soul than from my mind and technique. This is especially important for me in the process of debriefing myself from the advertising illustration mentality.”
Marcelo’s work evokes both vintage -pinup art and pop art. In the early stages, Marcelo’s goal was simple, ‘paint sensual sexual girls around typography using watercolor. He succeeded.
“I just took two things I liked and put them together as an experiment,” he tells me. “Today I’ve changed my subjects matter. I’m not really interested in painting naked girls at the moment and I don’t want to be limited to any one thing.“
Painting naked ladies can make you an enemy to women and feminists all over the world. Some could obviously see Marcelo’s work as disrespectful. But he assures this isn’t the intent.
“In Brazil there are very different ideas about what is appropriate,” he explains. “I do personally feel that I am paying “tribute” to women, to their sensuality, charm.”
And what does his original muse, his wife, Mrs. Daldoce think of his work?
“My wife likes my work,” Marcelo jokes. “And most of her friends would love to be subjects of it.”
The full interview with Marcelo Daldoce appears in the ‘Girls, Girls, Girls’ issue of Art Nouveau Magazine. Click here to purchase a copy.
Imagine there’s this sad soul whose never seen Greg Gossel’s work. Let me paint that person a picture. The Minneapolis based artist combines expressive interplay of words, images and gesture through a combination of mediums including silkscreen, transfers and found objects. Consider it visual intertextuality. With every piece is not only adding to the dialogue of contemporary art, he’s commenting on it, by the images he uses or doesn’t use.
The force is strong with this one. On June 1, Artist/graphic designer PaperFrank will debut new works in an exhibition entitled “Afro Picks and Bunny Suits 2” at Archive Gallery. All work and merchandise will be for sale. If you’re in Atlanta and want to know where the art scene is heading, you need to make it out to this show.
On April 14, Art Nouveau Magazine presented Want To See A Sad Boy Smile? Pay Him, the debut solo exhibition by artist/designer GreatEclectic at Studio 900 in Atlanta, GA. GreatEclectic gave viewers a glimpse into his elaborate rants and musings on fame, power, money, love, the rise and the fall and our generation’s obsession with celebrity. His signature aesthetic evokes a unique combination of pop culture semiotics and art history paired with a vibrant narrative. Works in the exhibition range from mixed media collages, to drawings, paintings and photography.
It’s officially spring. The birds are chirping. Pimps and players are flirting. And the girls? Well depending on who you ask, they run the world. It wouldn’t be spring without a tribute to the girls, girls, girls.
I’ve never met GreatEclectic, but I know him quite well. I’ve never felt more innately connected to someone with whom I’ve never shared conventional contact; but that is the beautiful mystery that is the Great Mister Daye. He conveys and connects with the world and the one individual alike, because he is his work; as with any masterpiece, that connection lives in the unconventional void – where authenticity cannot be barred by limitation, and catharsis cannot be marred by sterile sanity. He lives in his work – it is in that shared space where I feel, and it is in that shared experience where life is present.
While browsing Flickr I came across these spray paint can art pieces by Dillon Boy. Witty and political his cans are bright as the sun but the messages are grim as a Charlie Sheen drunken voicemail. At once there is Mickey Mouse splattered in blood on one can and Hello Kitty with sex on the brain–literally. Take a closer look at Dillon Boy’s Spray Paint Can Art below.
Risa Marie is your number one fan. At least if you’re a hip musician. The painter graduated from Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design with a BA in Illustration and currently lives in Minnesota where she creates beautifully rendered portraits of everyone from Pharrell Williams, to Kid Cudi and Chester French. Risa Marie is Art Nouveau Magazine’s Artist of the Year. Take a closer look at her work below.
Remember when Bill Murray was Greg Gossel’s muse. Gone is that chum face. The violent and cult followed directors Quentin Tarantino and The Coen Brothers are the artists latest inspiration. At least for this group show they are.
Ted Mikulski’s break out solo exhibition Color For Color’s Sake will debut this Sunday, March 6th, 2011 at Iona College in New Rochelle, NY. The exhibition finds the Connecticut based artist departing from his style of abstract expressionism and evolving into a neo-pop style filled with vibrant pop imagery of his favorite character, the mis-adventured TEEM robots. According to the artist the show, “explores our relationship with technology and with ourselves.”
Don’t call it a comeback–especially if you’re Chris Brown. But the R&B crooner seems to be on the right track with this new project. Even if the material sucks, I haven’t listened to a full Chris Brown song honestly, he’s winning with this cover art. The work which features a masterfully rendered portrait of Breezy was created by Pop art king Ron English. The artist was commissioned to create the art after meeting last year. Chris Brown’s FAME is set to be released March 22.
Amy Ahlstrom is leading a growing trend of ultramodern fiber-based art better known as quilting. Affectionately referred to as, The Urban Quilter, Amy acts as “part documentarian, part DJ,” to create pop-art inspired postcards of her favorite urban places. Growing up in a family of quilters, sewers, and knitters gave the San Francisco based artist her start. Her background as a comic illustrator and graphic designer gave her style.