I chanced upon Indonesian artist Syaiful A Rachman’s 153 x 153 cm portrait of Michael Jackson at OdeToArt gallery recently, and it was amazing to zoom in on the acrylic painting and see how crowds of tiny little anonymous people make up the big picture. Rachman has used a similar approach and point of view […]
Cross pop culture with religion, and you’ll get Soasig Chamaillard’s Apparitions series, which includes the Virgin Mary restored as pop culture icons like My Little Pony (unsurprisingly dubbed My Little Mary) as well as Super Mario (that ‘stache!). We also love how Chamaillard also turns the table on these pop culture characters, and remakes them […]
It’s time to turn up the fun! The Fun Switcher is awesome website that has tons of great sound clips just waiting to be flipped on. Choose from thousands of famous pop-culture references all cued up to just the right moment. Anything from the viral hit song Gagnam Style, the Facebook chat alert, or the […]
Iʼm obsessed with video artist Ryan Trecartin, or rather, his awe-inspiring and mangled depictions of popular culture. There is no way to really explain the way he consumes and re-expresses the media as a whole. You just have to watch it for yourself. I saw some of his work as part of the Andy Warhol […]
TextaQueen (TQ) takes felt tip markers to a whole new level. They are used to create larger than life portraits full of detail and complexity. TQ’s series of movie posters titled We Don’t Need Another Hero, references a pop cultural format, using humour to comment seriously on the effects of colonialism on Indigenous and other people of colour.
Sacramento artist Skinner states that he is ‘influenced by 80’s pop culture, human struggle, myths, violence, dungeons and dragons, and the heavy metal gods’. This is very obvious in the many formats his work shows up in: whether it is a t-shirt, skate deck, toy or a mural.
What do you do when you find yourself with five truckloads of salvaged century-old rough Douglas Fir beams? Lisa Brawn turned them into amazing woodcuts, mainly referenced from popular culture and painted in bold, vibrant colours. I recently got the chance to see a few up close and was really taken aback by the depth and texture in her work, which can be lost in print or online.
I found the illustrations of Fabian Ciraolo whilst trawling through some Tumblr site. I stuck up his Dorothy and Salvador above my desk and every creative that has come to chat to me stops and says out loud ‘Wow, who did THAT?’ And then I tell them, Fabian Ciraolo. So now I’m telling you. Who else would be mashing up pop culture references, like what looks like Lana Del Rey’s body with Judy Garland as Dorothy and Salvador Dali in a Vampire Weekend tee? I love it.