The Kings and Queens of Cool
I am excited and honored to be included in ¡Orale! The Kings and Queens of Cool, at The Harwood Museum of Art in Taos, New Mexico. Celebrating and exploring different aspects of the Lowbrow/Post Pop genre that grew out of West Coast surfer, car and street culture ¡Orale! The Kings and Queens of Cool is the uniting theme for four exhibitions.
Lowbrow Insurgence: The Rise of Post-Pop Art includes internationally recognized artists
such as Robert Williams, Mark Ryden, Ron English, H.R. Giger, R. Crumb, Marion Peck, Stanley Mouse, Mark Bryan, Dennis Larkins, Winston Smith, Niagara, Anthony Ausgang, Esteban Bojorquez, Camille Rose Garcia, Von Dutch, Ed "Big Daddy" Roth and more!
Nuevo Lowbrow:Pop Culture in the West will feature over 100 celebrated artists of the Post-Pop Generation including Bob Dob, Joel Nakamura, Gary Baseman, Douglas Johnson, Laurie Lipton, Ryan Singer, KRK Ryden, Tim Prythero, Joe Coleman, Max Lehman, Isabel Samaras, Conrad Cooper, Carrie Ann Baade, Toby Morfin, Rik Allen, Brandon Maldonado, Tim Biskip, El Moises, Ana Bagayan, Greg Moon and many more! A selection of original art by pioneers of Rock and Underground Comix including R. Crumb, Rick Griffin, Gilbert Shelton, Wes Wilson, Alton Kelly and Stanley Mouse will be exhibited in New Mexico for the first time.
Pinstripe Madera: Pinstriping as Minimalism and El Tatuaje: The Tattoo in Underground Culture will run concurrently with Lowbrow Insurgence and Nuevo Lowbrow.
Jina Brenneman, Curator of Exhibitions at the Harwood Museum of Art, states “Not surprisingly, the outlaw, seemingly expatriate state of New Mexico is a breeding ground for the ‘outsider’, the ‘unruly citizen’, the ‘underground artist’. The descriptions for these archetypes relate very directly to Post-Pop influences and Lowbrow subject matter. Cars, pin-ups, punk, rock and roll, comics, tattoo, prison art, graffiti, pulp, surfer, airbrushed – anything from the streets and of the people, art that embodies technical craftsmanship blended with fantastical imagery and visually dynamic narratives.”
Brenneman continues, “When we trace the lineage of these new expressions, we have seen cultural influences as widespread as Kustom Kar Kulture, Surfing and Street Art, Underground Comix and Rock Art to Tattoo and Saturday Morning Cartoons! Add to these populist forms the powerful influence of Pop Art and Surrealism, a renewed interest in narrative content (story telling) and a new aesthetic begins to emerge. Possibly the most compelling aspect of all of this has been how seemingly disparate parallel paths, bending to the subtle arc of history, have coalesced in this time and place where past, present and future converge! Kings and Queens of Cool!
Brenneman teamed up with artist Dennis Larkins and co-curators Esteban Bojorquez, Greg Moon, Toby Morfin and El Moises to create ¡Orale! The Kings and Queens of Cool. The exhibition will be accompanied by a 100-page full-color catalog, designed by Esteban and Karen Bojorquez, documenting the artists in the exhibition.
For more information and previews of the art!
Exhibition Opening Events
Director’s Circles & VIP Preview Reception
Thursday, September 18, 5-7 pm
Alliance Members’ Opening Reception
Friday, September 19, 5-7 pm
Free Museum Admission
Saturday, September 20, 10 a.m-5 p.m.
Drive In Night/Street Party
Harwood Museum of Art and Ledoux Street Businesses
Saturday, September 20, 4 p.m.-8 p.m.
Car show, Live music, artist talk
Edited from June 6, 2014 Harwood Museum of Art press release.
The exhibit runs from September 20, 2014 through January 25, 2015.
The Mechanisms of Beauty, Brain Trust Nature Love
by Snow Mack & Kevin Mack 5/27/2014
The simple chirps of birds
Are the embodiment of complex wave forms
That carry the message we so long to hear
Clouds lurking in the dusk
Surface to gain trust
Making symbols out of water
Their play is our laughter
Molecules accumulate according to simple rules
Generating geometric primitives
Along irregular surfaces, perfectly juxtaposing order with chaos
Crepe myrtle majesty
Rolling into infancy
Decorates the moment
Descending infinitely into pink petals of memory
by Snow Mack & Kevin Mack 6/14/2014
Capricorn Apricot ornamental transcendental
Cyber frozen field yielding to solar lust
Diffuse action, reflective interaction
Charmed atoms brace against decay
Glowing starlings bring awareness of light
These clouds are not clouds
Opinions all meaningless
Meaning attained through dissolution of meaning
Hush for silence is gold, golden more important than aware
Swaying gently breezy so easy, let's be love and understanding
At the end of time everything is fine.
I create narrative paintings that are inspired by dreams, visions, symbology and pop culture.