In the world of the re-Tweet, Pinterest, Instagram, and the Facebook share, appropriation is everywhere. We are constantly branding ourselves, creating and curating our aesthetic and cultural identities. There is an infinitely shareable world of available content, and a constant compulsion to participate in the mass culture conversation by borrowing the symbols and icons of shareable media.
Pop Authentic asks, when appropriation becomes so deeply imbedded in the basic ways in which we communicate through media, what makes the 21st century pop artist stand apart? How has the symbolic language of pop art transformed? Does the artist have more pressure or responsibility to make a unique statement? Is uniqueness desirable or even possible? And how do pop artists contend with the marketability of the images they appropriate?
For this exhibition, the curators will seek artists working in the pop art tradition of appropriation and mass culture re-purposing. Artists should submit work that investigates the contradictions and possibilities of pop art in the 21st century, specifically how pop artists conceive of their identity as artists in a world of appropriation, whether this type of art making can or should create authentic experiences, and how artists come to terms with profiting from the pop aesthetic.
Recession Art is an organization that promotes and connects emerging artists and aspiring collectors, embracing affordability in artwork. Because of this, we will prioritize affordable artwork in our selection process and will only consider a limited number of performance and video works.
Terms and Conditions
Artists are responsible for delivering and installing their work on October 23-24 and for de-installing their work on November 3.
Recession Art takes a 40% commission on all art sold at our shows or through our contacts.
No single work of art can be priced over $1,000.
Our submission fee is $30. 100% of this income goes toward the space rental for Pop Authentic.