Recently, artist Brandon Bird took at look at the now ubiquitous group pop art show. You know the kind – we’ve featured them here: gallery events that spotlight a particular piece of pop culture courtesy of a few dozen artists who spin out their own interpretations of on canvass, in sculpture or whatever? We’ve featured a few of them before.
Essentially, Bird takes issue with the use of the word “tribute” and the limitations that sometimes places on artists who might otherwise re-purpose corporate art sans theme. It’s a fascinating read and Bird admits to being a little bit of a hypocrite himself, having hosted/curated shows based on Jurassic Park while his claim to fame are his wonderful Law & Order pieces.
This is all a very roundabout way of saying I’m fascinated and slightly conflicted by Spoke Art’s upcoming Kubrick: A Tribute Show which launches this week in San Francisco. The exhibit will use the works of famed/beloved/crazy/brilliant/obsessive filmmaker Stanley Kubrick as the basis for dozens of pieces by over 60 artists.
This doesn’t feel like the kind of highfalutin fan art that Bird was rallying against, but it’s somewhere in the ballpark, finding ways to reconfigure some of the themes and concepts of the director’s work in a pop art style. Some of his work demands this kind of obsessive reconsideration (if you haven’t seen the documentary Room 237, that should act as living proof).
In the meantime, these are the participating artists, some of whose work you can see below: Aaron Jasinski, Akira Beard, Alex Kirzhener, Anarkitty, Audrey Pongracz, Brian Ewing, Brian Methe, Bruce White, Christine Hostetler, Crowded Teeth, Cuddly Rigor Mortis, Cuyler Smith, Dave MacDowell, Gene Guynn, Guillaume Morellec, Irma Rivera, Jen Mann, Jesse Riggle, Johannah O’Donnell, John Wentz, Jon Wayshack, Kate Zambrano, Kate Copeland, Kiersten Essenpreis, Mandy Tsung, Michael Ramstead, Nicole Gustafsson, Robert Wilson, Sandi Calistro, Sarah Joncas, Tim Maclean, Veronica Fish, Epyon 5, Jayde Fish, Meghan Stratman, Adam Maida, Brandon Schaefer, Chris Skinner, Chuck Sperry, Dan Black, David Moscati, Doug LaRocca, Eiko Ojala, Fernando Reza, Glen Brogan, James Gilleard, Jermaine Rogers, Jessica Deahl, Joshua Budich, Justin VanGenderen, Blunt Graffix, Oliver Barrett, Rhys Cooper, Sam Gilbey, Sam Ho, Sam Smith, Scott Mitchell, Tim Jordan, Tracie Ching, Bartosz Kosowski, Thomas Walker, Van Orton Design, New Flesh, Vincent Aseo, Geoff Trapp, Steve Yamane, Ivonna Buenrostro.
Which piece is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below.
[via Badass Digest]