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MUTANT POP
Curated by JOE GRILLO, LAURA GRANT AND BRANDON JOYCE
August 20–September 20, 2010

PEDRO BELL
BRIAN BELOTT
MAT BRINKMAN
JES BRINCH
MELISSA BROWN
LARRY CARLSON
BRIAN CHIPPENDALE
ANDY COOLQUITT
JOACHIM COSSIAS
SALLY CRUIKSHANK
CHRISTIAN CUMMINGS
DEARRAINDROP
TRENTON DOYLE-HANCOCK
JIM DRAIN
VIKING EGGLING
ERRÓ
YAMANTAKA EYE
ÖYVIND FAHLSTRÖM
DEVIN FLYNNIAN FLYNN
LEIF GOLDBERG
BILLY GRANT
LAURA GRANT
JOE GRILLO
ALIKA HERRESHOFF
MARIANNE HURUM
TODD JAMES
LISA JONASSON
MATTI KALLIOINEN
MISAKI KAWAI
KAWS
LOVID
CARY LOREN
JASON MCLEAN
TAYLOR MCKIMENS
ARE MOKKELBOST
STANLEY MOUSE
EDUAROD PAOLOZZI
GARY PANTER
ERIK PARKER
PETER PHILLIPS
ANNIE POOTOOGOOK
STEVE POWERS
RON REGE JR
PROPHET ROYAL ROBERTSON
KALLE RUNESON
PETER SAUL
KENNY SCHARF
JOYCELYN SHIPLEY
KJARTAN SLETTERMARK
VU THI TRANG
KARL WIRSUM
YUICHI YOKOYAMA


The Image has a life of its own. A very real and insolent autonomy. There are images— and entire symbologies— that are as real and weird as our own mothers and fathers. They are not just copies of the world; but squiggly, faithful parts of the whole. A daimonic, demonic influence.

The image, the symbol, the icon— and the whole plane of pop-mythos— have power, dignity, and even a biology of sorts. Cartoons, afterall, have cells. Scrawls and sketches serve as little anatomies and dissections of the living image. And like human and animal life, the image can even experience a kind of image-death. Or an afterlife; a creepy kind of undeath as zombie symbols, afterimages, or free-floating spiritual beings.

Mutant Pop occurs whenever these symbols and symbologies outgrow their sources. When they take root and incubate in impressionable minds. When they turn weird and grow tails and even get worked into a full-blown mythos at the hands of the giddy. Happy, harmless spokes-things assume self-consciousness. Fleeting-or-forgotten cultural moments, like Max Headroom, like Count Duckula, like O.J. Simpson, live on and haunt us through an infectious and hysterical freak culture. And the life-feeling within these images will, at times, even take on mystic or animistic dimensions; as a way of seeing God in the television, so to speak. A new, though somewhat noisier, mythos.

For this, the inaugural show of LOYAL gallery's new harborside space in Malmö, Sweden, we’ve gathered up fifty-some artists under the heading of Mutant Pop— many of them great influences on Dearraindrop— to display a sort of visual genealogy between older Pop-masters and their newer mutant progeny. Offered as more than just innocent fun or frivolity, this exhibition will underscore the very deep commitment to meaning-making running within the Pop-sensibility.

This is the premise; this is the show. Both of which will be wrapped up beautifully in a full-color book by the people at Loyal, and distributed as gospel among guardians of the Living Image.

--- Brandon Joyce, Philadelphia, PA, May 2010


LOYAL Mutant Pop
Alika Herreshoff, Yellow Load, 2010, Collage on cardstock, 8x6.75in / 20x17cm


LOYAL Mutant Pop
Leif Goldberg, Video Hole, 2008, Silkscreen on paper, 16x24in / 41x61cm


LOYAL Mutant Pop
Yuichi Yokoyama, Ourselves, 2001, Acrylic, ink, marker and screentone on paper, 14.25x20.25in / 36x51.5cm


LOYAL Mutant Pop
Yuichi Yokoyama, Ourselves, 2001, Acrylic, ink, marker and screentone on paper, 12.25x17in / 31x43cm


LOYAL Mutant Pop
Trenton Doyle Hancock, The Calm, 2008, Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 60x60in / 152.5x152.5cm


LOYAL Mutant Pop
Trenton Doyle Hancock, Blue Bald Voice Effects, 2008, Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 60.5x60in / 153.5x152.5cm


LOYAL Mutant Pop
Laura Grant, Virginia, 2010, Acrylic and collage on canvas, 16x20in / 41x51cm


LOYAL Mutant Pop
Kenny Scharf, Chunkarina, 2010, Oil on linen with aluminum frame, 16x26in / 40.5x66cm


LOYAL Mutant Pop
KAWS, 2001, Pencil on paper, 9x11in / 23x28cm


LOYAL Mutant Pop
Eduardo Paolozzi, B.A.S.H., Screenprint on paper


LOYAL Mutant Pop
Erro, To Us, 1996, Silkscreen on paper, 26.75x19.25in / 68x49cm


LOYAL Mutant Pop
Erik Parker, Snitch, 2008, Acrylic on canvas , 20x18in / 51.4x46.4cm


LOYAL Mutant Pop
Brian Chippendale, Kitchen Table Drawing, 2010, Ink on paper, 25x34in / 64x86cm


LOYAL Mutant Pop
Brian Belott, Purple Comb, 2010, 15x12in / 38x30.5cm


LOYAL Mutant Pop
Brian Belott, Grid Painting, 2010, 20x16in / 51x40.5cm


LOYAL Mutant Pop
Ron Rege Jr, Yeah! C'mon!, Acrylic ink and sharpie on copy paper, 8.5x11in / 21.5x28cm


LOYAL Mutant Pop
Ron Rege Jr, Bread Art, 2010, Acrylic ink and sharpie on bristol, 9x10in / 23x25cm


LOYAL Mutant Pop
Prophet Royal Robertson, Snake Lady, Marker, ink, acrylic on posterboard, 22x28in / 56x71cm


LOYAL Mutant Pop
Prophet Royal Robertson, Libra Strange Sleep's, Marker, ink, acrylic on posterboard, 22x28in / 56x71cm


LOYAL Mutant Pop
Prophet Royal Robertson, Adele, Marker, ink, acrylic on posterboard, 22x28in / 56x71cm


LOYAL Mutant Pop
Cary Loren, Destroy All Monsters, installation view


LOYAL Mutant Pop
Vu Thi Trang, Mutant Pop installation view


LOYAL Mutant Pop
Mutant Pop installation view


LOYAL Mutant Pop
Mutant Pop installation view


LOYAL Mutant Pop
Mutant Pop installation view


LOYAL Mutant Pop
Mutant Pop installation view


LOYAL Mutant Pop
Mutant Pop installation view


LOYAL Mutant Pop
Mutant Pop installation view


LOYAL Mutant Pop
Misaki Kawai, Smash Master, 2010, Acrylic on canvas, 36x48in / 91.4x122cm


LOYAL Mutant Pop
Misaki Kawai, Mt. Bommum, 2010, Acrylic on canvas, 36x48in / 91.4x122cm


LOYAL Mutant Pop
Matti Kallioinen, Victims of Lullabies, 2009, Process image, 17x26in / 44x66cm


LOYAL Mutant Pop
Marianne Hurum, Geometry Rip, Canvas on wood, 12x16in / 30x40cm


LOYAL Mutant Pop
LoVid, Sunny Nights (452), 2006, Digital print, single frame capture from Sunny Nights, 36x46in / 91x117cm


LOYAL Mutant Pop
Lisa Jonasson, Untitled, 2007, Ink on paper, 27.25x39.25in / 69x100cm


LOYAL Mutant Pop
KAWS, 2001, Pencil on paper, 9x11in / 23x28cm


LOYAL Mutant Pop
Karl Wirsum, Slice Of Bubblegum Bacon, 2009, Colored pencil on paper, 17x14in / 43x35.5cm


LOYAL Mutant Pop
Karl Wirsum, Curb Site Parking, 2010, Colored pencil on paper, 17x14in / 43x35.5cm


LOYAL Mutant Pop
Kalle Runesson, Me Victim?, 2005, Acrylic on paper, 47x39.25in / 120x100cm


LOYAL Mutant Pop
Joe Grillo, Grillo, 2010, Acrylic and collage on canvas, 48x72in / 122x183cm


LOYAL Mutant Pop
Joachim Cossais, Three Kings, 2009, Oil on canvas, 63x55in / 160x140cm


LOYAL Mutant Pop
Jim Drain, Untitled (Atari Maze Seater), 2009, Knit Sweater


LOYAL Mutant Pop
Jes Brinch, Hjorteknepperen, 2009, Onyx, eyes of glass, 10.5x10x3.5in / 27x25x9cm, Edition of 5. Ed. 1/5


LOYAL Mutant Pop
Jason McLean: Dull, Silent night, Acrylic ink on found glove. Your Not Nice (purple), Downtown Florida (blue), Acrylic ink on ball


LOYAL Mutant Pop
Jason McLean: Dull, Silent night, Acrylic ink on found glove. Your Not Nice (purple), Downtown Florida (blue), Acrylic ink on ball


LOYAL Mutant Pop
Ian Flynn, 2010, Ice Cream, Ink on paper


LOYAL Mutant Pop
Todd James, Untitled, 2007, Gouache and graphite on paper, 28x32in / 71x82cm


LOYAL Mutant Pop
Taylor McKimens, Jolly Jumpin Prickly Pear, 2010, Acrylic on canvas, 60x48in / 152x122cm


LOYAL Mutant Pop
Taylor McKimens, Boo Cactus, 2010, Acrylic on canvas, 20x16in / 51x41cm


LOYAL Mutant Pop
Steve Powers, Vous / Moi, 2009, Enamel on metal, 10x8in / 25,4x20,3cm


LOYAL Mutant Pop
Gary Panter, Volcano, 2010, Acrylic on masonite, 12x12in / 30.5x30.5cm


LOYAL Mutant Pop
Gary Panter, Splashdown, 2010, Acrylic on masonite, 12x12in / 30.5x30.5cm


LOYAL Mutant Pop
Gary Panter, Load, 2010, Acrylic on masonite, 12x12in / 30.5x30.5cm


LOYAL Mutant Pop
Gary Panter, Tide, 2010, Acrylic on masonite, 12x12in / 30.5x30.5cm


LOYAL Mutant Pop
Are Mokkelbost, ION 4, Poster edition of front and back of collage


LOYAL Mutant Pop
Jocelyn Shipley, Squombies, 2008, Foam, rubber latex, glitter, hair, glass eyeballs, epoxy putty and ball bearings