CHARLOTTETOWN – The Confederation Centre Art Gallery invites the public to view the new exhibit, “Cold Pop,” opening Saturday, Jan. 25, in the Entrance Gallery at Confederation Centre. This exhibit is gleaned from the Gallery’s large permanent collection, a practice that will be reoccurring throughout 2014 in celebration of the centre’s 50th anniversary.
Karl MacKeeman, "Tower of Power," 1977, Serigraph on paper. Gift of Printmakers Council of P.E.I.
“Cold Pop” presents work that responds to the received imagery of mass culture in various ways, often by repurposing or reinterpreting it for other uses.
“In contrast to the fantasy that artists create work from scratch, in splendid isolation,” says curator, Pan Wendt, “these artists take what surrounds them as a starting point.”
The exhibition includes work by Pierre Ayot, K.C. Adams, Karl McKeeman, Garry Neill Kennedy, David Thauberger, Joyce Wieland, and Colleen Wolstenholme, among others.
“Pop Art” is a form associated with the new dominance of American popular culture beginning in the 1950s. In the United States, artists like Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and James Rosenquist responded to the new mass culture of televisions and tailfins with brash, colourful images that were both celebratory and ironic at once.
Pop Art wasn’t limited to the States, however. As American brands, media icons, and commercial products have flooded the globe, artists everywhere have continued to respond to them. In Canada, American pop culture has sometimes been perceived as a threat, a sort of nonviolent invasion. The sense that mass culture is somehow a not entirely benign foreign import is reflected in many of the works in “Cold Pop.”
“Cold Pop” will be on exhibit until June 1.
Two other collections shows are opening this winter, including “Marcel Dzama: Early Drawings,” which also begins showing this month.
The Confederation Centre Art Gallery is open from Wednesday to Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information on this and other exhibits, visit confederationcentre.com/artgallery.