PNCA Press Center
Pop Without Pop
Release date: 11/01/13
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 1, 2013
Lisa Radon, Communications Specialist
Becca Biggs, Director of Communications
Pop Without Pop
New Portland/San Francisco exhibition opens in Swigert Commons
PORTLAND, OR – November 1, 2013 – Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) presents Pop Without Pop, a group exhibition opening November 7 and running through November 30 in PNCA’s Swigert Commons. Curated by Feldman Gallery + Project Space curator, Mack McFarland, and professor Modou Dieng, Pop Without Pop features work by artists based in Portland and San Francisco, including Luca Antonucci, Tia Factor, Lori Gilbert, Lindsay Kennedy, Robert Khasho, Maciej Makalowski, Wilder Schmaltz, and Cyrus Smith.
Pop Without Pop was born during sunbaked conversations during which the two curators swirled about ideas of images being forged and shoved around today, images with a tendency to suggest mass-distributed cultural trends rather than utilizing the toys of commerce in the production of passion plays. The works they were after tend towards the representational, though even the abstract works selected resist the non-objective arena, or what Jerry Saltz is calling, “Neo-Mannerism. We all know it. That ever-expanding assembly of anemically boring, totally safe artistic clichés squeezing the life out of the art world right now.”
This yawning approach is tossed aside and rather the artists in Pop Without Pop embrace the pop divas and viral videos of the day, choosing icons of their lives and times from the really real virtual and too good to be stranger than fiction as muses for images and objects. At times these paintings look like our friends through the lens of fun and love, not an Instagram filter, while others call to mind the scent of our Grandmother. For Pop Without Pop the curators resisted the desire to friend request everyone, to over-hang, or succumb to the pressure of the gigantic space of PNCA’s Swigert Commons. Rather they kept the space open, letting the works appear and disappear into voluminous drywall, popping.
EXHIBITION | Pop Without Pop
Swigert Commons – PNCA 1241 NW Johnson, Portland
November 7–30, 2013
Opening reception, First Thursday, November 7, 2013 6-8 pm
About Pacific Northwest College of Art
As Oregon’s flagship college of art and design since 1909, Pacific Northwest College of Art has helped shape Oregon’s visual arts landscape for more than a century. PNCA students study with award-winning faculty in small classes. In the last seven years, PNCA has doubled both the student body and full-time faculty, quadrupled its endowment, and added innovative undergraduate and graduate programs. PNCA is now embarking on its boldest venture yet by establishing the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design as an anchor for the College’s vision of a new campus home on Portland’s North Park Blocks. Focusing on the transformative power of creativity, the capital campaign, Creativity Works Here, was launched in June 2012 with a lead gift from The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation of $5 million. PNCA’s new home will be a bustling hub for creativity and entrepreneurship, reflecting the influential role of art and design in our 21st century economy – both in Portland and beyond. For more information: pnca.edu.
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