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Exhibition Opening: Pop Stars!
April 28, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree and open to the public
Please join us for a special evening celebrating our new exhibition, Pop Stars! on THURS 04.28.16 at 6pm. Beginning at 6:30pm, we will welcome a discussion with artist R. Luke DuBois, whose work (Pop) Icon: Britney, is featured in the exhibition.
About the exhibition
Superheroes and celebrities, totems and toys: the imagery of manufactured fantasy is reframed in the visual language of historical iconography in this multi-media exploration of popular culture a decade and a half into the 21st century. With unprecedented access to an audience of one’s own, we find affirmation onscreen, and venerate fame as a final destination. As the real and the virtual increasingly collide, boundaries between art and media further blur, inspiring new mythologies realized in new materials: stars of stage, screen, and sport are re-envisioned, offering insight into how desire shapes identity. Appropriating images and practices from commerce, science, politics, religion, sports, and technology, these artists illuminate recent shifts in how culture is being created and consumed.
The legacy of late 20th century Pop Art is evident throughout the exhibition: Andy Warhol’s style and subject matter in particular echo in paintings by Lisa Alonzo, José-María Cano, Levente Herman, Djawid Borower, and Ryan McGuinness; in the photography of David Scheinmann, Adriana Duque, Matthew Brandt, and Slater Bradley; and in multi-media works by David Herbert, Carlos Aires, Nick Cave, and R. Luke Dubois, among others. This broad spectrum of artworks investigating celebrity, commerce, and the media suggests an evolving definition of Pop. In the 1960s, says philosopher Arthur Danto, “Pop art was among other things an effort to overcome the division between fine and vernacular art, between the exalted and the coarse, between high and low.” Pop Stars! demonstrates the dominance of the popular as today’s ubiquitous culture. Culling from the canon of art history, mining the mass media, scouring the streets and screens where we live and dream now, these artists, alongside Kehinde Wiley, Brian Paumier, Robert Wilson, Marco Veronese, Amy O’Neill, Oliver Laric, Sanford Biggers and others, enshrine the everyday, and intertwine past and present in transformative new intersections of art and life.
About the artist
Luke DuBois is a composer, artist, and performer who explores the temporal, verbal, and visual structures of cultural and personal ephemera. He holds a doctorate in music composition from Columbia University, and has lectured and taught worldwide on interactive sound and video performance.
Stemming from his investigations of “time-lapse phonography,” his work is a sonic and encyclopedic relative to time-lapse photography. Just as a long camera exposure fuses motion into a single image, his projects reveal the average sonority, visual language, and vocabulary in music, film, text, or cultural information. Exhibitions of his work include: the Insitut Valencià d’Art Modern, Spain; 2008 Democratic National Convention, Denver; Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis; San Jose Museum of Art; National Constitution Center, Philadelphia; Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art, Daelim Contemporary Art Museum, Seoul; 2007 Sundance Film Festival; the Sydney Film Festival; the Smithsonian American Art Museum; PROSPECT.2 New Orleans; and the Aspen Institute.
DuBois has lived for the last twenty-two years in New York City. He is the director of the Brooklyn Experimental Media Center at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, and is on the Board of Directors of the ISSUE Project Room. His records are available on Caipirinha/Sire, Liquid Sky, C74, and Cantaloupe Music. His artwork is represented by bitforms gallery in New York City.