Pop Art, the '60s movement that fed off popular culture, has surfaced with the Andy Warhol show at the Mint Museum of Art.
Celebrity portraits! Flat patches of high-key color! Silk-screen printing mimicking mass industrial methods!
Great – except Pop has gone way beyond Warhol and is stronger than ever. For a look at what's up, go to the McColl Center for Visual Art uptown and see “True Grit.”
Put together by Mark Leach, former curator at the Mint Museum of Craft + Design, it features six artists working with fiber, clay, metal and glass.
Ai Kijima's quilts brim with popular imagery, from cartoons and advertising.
Political commentary pops up – the bald eagle grasping a skull and the “SS” that resembles the insignia of German storm troopers.
Takashi Hinoda's clay figures look like Disney on a wild trip, influenced as they are by the manga and anime of his native Japan.
Check out his rock band. The drummer is an octopus. Perfect.
These artists and the others also use craft materials and methods in new ways.
Kijimi, also born in Japan, makes his brightly colored collages by machine quilting recycled clothes and other fabrics. These are not patch quilts but enough like them that Kijimi's work comments on that older tradition.
Hinoda makes bulging forms in clay and paints them. They have a lightness rarely associated with earthy materials. His work seems ready to float away.