Groupshow at Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam.
Curated by: Euan Gray and Witte Wartena
Artists: Pedro Bakker, Laura Bruce, Andrew Gilbert, Euan Gray, Marie Harnett, Helena Her, Paul MCDevitt, Charlotte Schleiffert, Rinus van de Velde, Iris van Dongen, Marcel Van Eeden, Sandra Vasquez de la Horra, Witte Wartena.
The exhibition Pop Life focuses on contemporary drawing and how the human form is depicted through the language of popular culture. The exhibition showcases a diverse group of thirteen, well-established Dutch and international artists, each selected for their sustained contribution tot the act of contemporary drawing and a highly individual approach to the depiction of the human form. They all embrace some form of illustration, a term often disparaged in the art world, and incorporate aspect of high and low culture in their work.
Referencing cinema, television, popular music , cartoons, novels, online advertising and contemporary forms of social media, contributors supplant traditional pop culture narratives into personal statements about history, feminism, colonial power, politics, identity, beauty and various other forms of existential questioning.