How are Popular Culture Arts Represented in Today’s Society?
Spinning Pop is an artistic and conceptual exploration of contemporary social issues in terms of the popular culture arts. Spinning Pop records daily reflections on the issues and events of the day from the viewpoint of an artist and citizen. These recordings are portrayed through distorted figurative imagery. The figurative imagery represented in many paintings and digital collages for this project, are metaphoric of contemporary pop culture and events from a popular culture arts perspective. The initial material is sourced from a mix of personal photography and found images from the global community.
Over the past century and a half, with the exponential availability and use of the photographic image, particularly now in its digital form, visual imagery has become an integral part of our daily life. Almost everyone of all ages in developed countries carry a camera of some sort about their person – resulting in a deluge of imagery from the most banal, to the capturing of history’s most important events. Unsurprisingly given the technological revolution with this medium, emerging photographic based practices became an early focus out of postmodernism, to form a defining aesthetic to the popular culture arts.
Adapting Pop Art’s notion of mass media imagery into a context of the contemporary digital age, artist’s work draws on a myriad points of reference. Utilizing fractured images to provide an allusion, to the digital noise pounding away daily into our sub consciousness. Spinning Pop diverges from the traditional Pop Art notion of a pronounced repetition of a consumer icon, instead the work focuses on the deluge of contemporary digital content. This compilation of the fragmented imagery is vividly distractive, not unlike cable surfing or a jaunt through Times Square.
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