Friday, February 27, 2009

Pop the Question

"Pop music can be flippant, political, sexy, ironic, reactionary, or romantic. But the best pop songs are those that demand answers... which is why bold graphic artists from Sydney, New York, Los Angeles and London have taken their favourite pop question and re-worked it into a piece of graphic art.

POP THE QUESTION, at China Heights Gallery on Crown Street from Friday February 27, has been selected in the official 2009 Mardi Gras Festival.

Curator Michael Wilton says, “Pop music runs through my blood. I am a pop fanatic, and I’m thrilled this exhibition allows some of the most exciting graphic artists from around the world to visually remix, re-master and re-package some big pop questions.”

Wilton adds: “Since the exhibition has attracted an array of designers with different specialties, the range of work is insanely eclectic. What ties them all together, however, is that they are bold, lurid and thoroughly poptastic!”

For Moby’s 'Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?', Graeme Offord (New York) has designed a hot pink Atari-inspired computer game screen where the core of a heart is eroded by hungry space invaders; Andrew Georgiou (Sydney) has re-invented 'How Deep Is Your Love?' as a sexed up leather scene; and Wayne Moraghan (London) has immortalised Dolly Parton as a cartoon showgirl who asks the deliciously insulting 'Why’d You Come In Here Looking Like That?'

Other pop questions in the exhibition include iconic titles such as 'Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?', 'What Have You Done For Me Lately?', 'Where’s Your Head At?', 'What Time Is Love?', 'Why Can’t I Be You?', 'What’s Love Got To Do With It?', 'Is There Something I Should Know?', 'Who’s That Girl?', 'Are You Gonna Go My Way?', 'What Have I Done To Deserve This?', 'How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel?', and of course, 'Why?' " - Pop The Question
Artists include:
• Andrew Georgiou (Sydney)
• Wayne Moraghan (London)
• Graeme Offord (New York)
• Brendan Seery (Sydney)
• Michael-James Tyerman (Sydney)
• Jorg Schulz Gerchow (London)
• Andrew Gourlay (London)
• Matt Greig (London)
• Derek Billings (Los Angeles)
• Eric Tate (London)
• Dan Krause (Sydney)
• Wendy Klaassen (Sydney)
• Michaela Sanders (Sydney)
• Yvette Paxinos (Sydney)

Sydney
China Heights Gallery
257 Crown Street, Darlinghurst
Opening Night: Friday 27 February 6.30-9pm
Exhibition: Friday 27 February - Wednesday 11 March
Website: www.chinaheights.com

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