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Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am- Going beyond Pop Art


Location: Parlor Gallery

Description: 'Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am"
Parlor Gallery’s curates Art Beyond Pop

Parlor Gallery announces their newest summer art exhibition which, more than 60 years after the genesis of Pop Art, features artists that often riff, mock, and incorporate the physical qualities and sensibilities of Pop.

Artist Greg Gossel merges the nostalgic aspect of Pop Art with a decidedly contemporary interpretation. Gossel’s multi-layered work illustrates a visual history of change and process that simultaneously features and condemns popular culture. His work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and abroad, including Japan, London, San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Copenhagen, and Chicago. His commercial clients include American Express, Levi’s, Burton Snowboards, Stussy, VICE Magazine, and Interscope Records.

Working as an assistant to Pop artist Gerald Laing, Scottish Artist Michael Forbes says he "learned more from the master ….more than any art school education could provide." His paintings are an extraordinary visual record of his thoughts and dreams, often journeying into the subconscious. His work shows a magical and playful, dream-like world laced with both humor and pop-culture.

Early on artist Peter Adamyan utilized pop-culture imagery as a form of symbolism to comment on society through unlikely narratives. Highly critical of religion, mass consumerism and the general the darker side of human nature, Adamyan's early work strives to raise the questions that no one wants to ask. Displaying clear social critiques through layered imagery, his series touched on everything from the perversions of religion to the racism that has thrived to this day from the colonization of the Americas.

“Wham Bam” opens Saturday, June 16 from 7-11pm and is free and open to the public. The other artists featured are Joshua Horkey, David Williams, Craig Skibs Barker, Trevor Mikula, Bri Cirel, Indie 184, Andy Pawlan, Ray Geary, Dominique Steffens, BNS and Andre Veloux.

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