Loyal Gallery, Mutant Pop, Joe Grillo, Brandon Joyce

 

 

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 Gallery, Mutant Pop, Joe Grillo, Brandon Joyce

Trenton Doyle Hancock, The Calm, 2008, Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 60 x 60 in, 152 x 152cm

 

 

Loyal Gallery, Mutant Pop, Joe Grillo, Brandon Joyce

Prophet Royal Robertson, Libra Strange Sleep's, Marker, ink, acrylic on posterboard, 22 x 28 in, 56 x 71 cm

Loyal Gallery, Mutant Pop, Joe Grillo, Brandon Joyce

Misaki Kawai, Mt. Bommum, 2010, Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 48 in, 91 x 122 cm

Loyal Gallery, Mutant Pop, Joe Grillo, Brandon Joyce

Yuichi Yokoyama, Ourselves, 2001, Acrylic, ink, marker and screentone on paper, 14 x 20 in, 36 x 52 cm

Loyal Gallery, Mutant Pop, Joe Grillo, Brandon Joyce

Taylor McKimens, Jolly Jumpin Prickly Pear, 2010, Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 48 in, 152 x 122 cm

Loyal Gallery, Mutant Pop, Joe Grillo, Brandon Joyce

Ron Rege Jr, Yeah! C'mon!, Acrylic ink and sharpie on copy paper, 8.5 x 11 in, 22 x 28 cm

Loyal Gallery, Mutant Pop, Joe Grillo, Brandon Joyce

Trenton Doyle Hancock, Blue Bald Voice Effects, 2008, Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 60 x 60 in, 152 x 152cm

Loyal Gallery, Mutant Pop, Joe Grillo, Brandon Joyce

Taylor McKimens, Boo Cactus, 2010, Acrylic on canvas, 20 x 16 in, 51 x 41 cm

Loyal Gallery, Mutant Pop, Joe Grillo, Brandon Joyce

Kenny Scharf, Chunkarina, 2010, Oil on linen with aluminum frame, 16 x 26 in, 40 x 66 cm

Loyal Gallery, Mutant Pop, Joe Grillo, Brandon Joyce

Karl Wirsum, Slice Of Bubblegum Bacon, 2009, Colored pencil on paper, 17 x 14 in, 43 x 36 cm

Loyal Gallery, Mutant Pop, Joe Grillo, Brandon Joyce

KAWS, 2001, Pencil on paper, 9 x 11 in, 23 x 28 cm

Loyal Gallery, Mutant Pop, Joe Grillo, Brandon Joyce

LoVid, Sunny Nights (452), 2006, Digital print, single frame capture from Sunny Nights, 36 x 46 in, 91 x 117 cm

Loyal Gallery, Mutant Pop, Joe Grillo, Brandon Joyce

KAWS, 2001, Pencil on paper, 9 x 11 in, 23 x 28 cm

Loyal Gallery, Mutant Pop, Joe Grillo, Brandon Joyce

Joe Grillo, Grillo, 2010, Acrylic and collage on canvas, 48 x 72 in, 122 x 183 cm

Loyal Gallery, Mutant Pop, Joe Grillo, Brandon Joyce

Melissa Brown, Sneak Peek, 2009, Collage $671 in used scratch-off lotto tickets, 28 x 28 in, 71 x 71 cm

Loyal Gallery, Mutant Pop, Joe Grillo, Brandon Joyce

Matti Kallioinen, Victims of Lullabies, 2009, Process image, 17 x 26 in, 44 x 66 cm

Loyal Gallery, Mutant Pop, Joe Grillo, Brandon Joyce

Laura Grant, Virginia, 2010, Acrylic and collage on canvas, 16 x 20 in, 41 x 51 cm

Loyal Gallery, Mutant Pop, Joe Grillo, Brandon Joyce

Gary Panter, Splashdown, 2010, Acrylic on masonite, 12 x 12 in, 31 x 31 cm

Loyal Gallery, Mutant Pop, Joe Grillo, Brandon Joyce

Eduardo Paolozzi, B.A.S.H., 1971, Screenprint on paper, 29 x 20 in, 74 x 50 cm

Loyal Gallery, Mutant Pop, Joe Grillo, Brandon Joyce

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

Loyal Gallery, Mutant Pop, Joe Grillo, Brandon Joyce

Gary Panter, Load, 2010, Acrylic on masonite, 12 x 12 in, 31 x 31 cm

Loyal Gallery, Mutant Pop, Joe Grillo, Brandon Joyce

Misaki Kawai, Smash Master, 2010, Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 48 in, 91 x 122 cm

Loyal Gallery, Mutant Pop, Joe Grillo, Brandon Joyce

Ron Rege Jr, Bread Art, 2010, Acrylic ink and sharpie on bristol, 9 x 10 in, 23 x 25 cm

Loyal Gallery, Mutant Pop, Joe Grillo, Brandon Joyce

Erik Parker, Snitch, 2008, Acrylic on canvas , 20 x 18 in, 51 x 46 cm

Loyal Gallery, Mutant Pop, Joe Grillo, Brandon Joyce

Brian Belott, Purple Comb, 2010, 15 x 12 in, 38 x 30 cm

Loyal Gallery, Mutant Pop, Joe Grillo, Brandon Joyce

Devin Flynn and Brian Belott collab, Critical Beatdown, 2010 (#1 in A SerieS), Marsh ink and acrylic on newspaper, 22 x 17 in

Loyal Gallery, Mutant Pop, Joe Grillo, Brandon Joyce

Brian Chippendale, Kitchen Table Drawing, 2010, Ink on paper, 25 x 34 in, 64 x 86 cm

Loyal Gallery, Mutant Pop, Joe Grillo, Brandon Joyce

Ian Flynn, 2010, Ice Cream, Ink on paper

Loyal Gallery, Mutant Pop, Joe Grillo, Brandon Joyce

Todd James, Untitled, 2007, Gouache and graphite on paper, 28 x 32 in, 71 x 82 cm

Loyal Gallery, Mutant Pop, Joe Grillo, Brandon Joyce

Jes Brinch, Hjorteknepperen, 2009, Onyx, eyes of glass, 10 x 10 x 4 in,  25 x 25 x 10 cm, Edition of 5. Ed. 1/5

Loyal Gallery, Mutant Pop, Joe Grillo, Brandon Joyce

Erro, To Us, 1996, Silkscreen on paper, 27 x 19 in, 68 x 49 cm

Loyal Gallery, Mutant Pop, Joe Grillo, Brandon Joyce

Steve Powers, Vous / Moi, 2009, Enamel on metal, 10 x 8 in, 25 x 20 cm

Loyal Gallery, Mutant Pop, Joe Grillo, Brandon Joyce

Alika Herreshoff, Slurp Up, 2009, Acrylic on canvas, 20 x 20 in, 50 x 50 cm

Loyal Gallery, Mutant Pop, Joe Grillo, Brandon Joyce

Brian Belott, Grid Painting, 2010, 20 x 16 in, 51 x 41 cm

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