art + pop-culture

when someone starts talking about art and pop-culture, i feel like the two are almost inseparable. thanks to Andy Warhol’s efforts in the 60’s and 70’s, art has become such a part of pop-culture that the two are pretty much conjoined into the same two-headed beast. everywhere you go, you’re seeing art: commercials, billboards, television, magazines, photographs, book covers, movies and movie posters, video game cases, advertisements, fliers, clothing, newspapers, websites, and music all utilize art, if they aren’t classified as art in themselves. our senses are literally flooded with art every single day via the pop-culture-filled lives that we lead. i’m not saying this is a bad thing — seems like it’s the cool thing now to jump on the bandwagon and jab at pop-culture, when really it’s the thing that’s driving our society — but it is a little staggering when you think about how much art we actually see in one day.


Art in Pop Culture

Art and pop culture go hand-in-hand, I think.   A couple examples come to mind straight away.  One, Andy Warhol.  He revolutionized pop art. See his famous paintings of Marilyn Monroe:


And second I think of Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks and all of the parodies of it.  I did a simple Google search of it and found 7 different parodies.

The Original:

A few parodies:

There’s a constant back and forth between the two and they both influence each other a lot of the time.

Flower Power

i don’t think the photo showed up, so i posted it again hopefully this shows up.


Art and Politics


Art and politics seem to go hand in hand, the reason I think this to be true is for many different reasons.  Art, for example, is an outlet for an individual or group of people to convey their emotions, what they stand for, and their deepest secrets.  This is done in many different forums, usually represented through a paintings, sculptures, drawings, or a sketches.   However, life can also represent art in many ways which is why politics has played a huge role in some of the most memorable artistic situations.  This iconic snapshot, taken at the unforgettable march at the Pentagon on October 21st in 1967, shows how art can be found in the heart of politics.  Politics in itself is it’s own art form, because of its ability to convey ideals of a group to the public it is attempting to please.  The photo below represents the politics that each group is attempting to achieve, one side through violence and the other through nonviolence.  A snapshot from a moment in life can live on forever as a piece of art that reminds the world of the past trials and tribulations that we as a country have gone through.




Non-Western Culture’s Contemporary Influence

october (very late) post:

“Think globally, +++ locally,” in the words of Gogol Bordello, is certainly the theme of this generation and its art. While many artists in America are indeed English-speaking and native-born, the art community is seeing more and more of its members reaching into their cultural heritage for influence and bringing it out into the Western world. I totally don’t want to sound like a pompous jerk for using myself as an example, so just bear with me here — but my heritage as a Turko-Palestinian is in every piece of art that I create. The intricate and graceful lines of Arabic calligraphy become curving lines in my illustrations, usually as long locks of flowing hair or clothing spread over a character’s body; the lovely designs of Turkish architecture manifest themselves into textures inside the panels of my comics. In fact, many of my characters and stories will more often than not utilize names or references to people, places, and things in the place of my father’s birth, or in our native tongue of Arabic. While I’m not nearly “big” enough to be considered a meaningful influence on anyone or anything, it’s still interesting to think about how seemingly foreign cultures and languages can be infused with Western contemporary culture — much how being a first-generation American with a family from the Middle East growing up in a Spanish-speaking state can create an interesting mezcla of ideas.

Politics and Art

november post:

When politics and art get involved together, things can get kind of weird; after all, putting something as sleazy and cloak-and-dagger as politics next to something as free and expressive as art, chances are you’re going to get a whole bunch of icky-looking colors all over your canvas. Take political cartoons, for example: sure, whoever draws/writes them spends time on them, but the amount of actual readers is very, very small, and the amount of respect either community — art and politics — have for political cartoons is minimal at best. Using something open-ended to depict something stringent is pretty difficult, and most political cartoonists don’t do it well. Your typical political cartoon is a one-panel illustration of some obscure references, with a “witty” caption underneath. The genre has been so pigeonholed that it has a set format, and neither the arts nor politics really cares about this mash-up between the two houses. Add the fact that politicians, these white-bread button-down morons who throw around words like pundit and filibuster in an attempt to sound like they know what the ++++ they’re talking about, attempt to have a say in what is and is not art… well, my personal opinion is this: keep the two separated. Unlike peanut butter and chocolate, these are two things that do not belong together.

Politics and Art

Upon first reading that we had to write about politics and art, I thought, I don’t want to write about that, I don’t know how they are related… But once I actually thought about it I realized that they are connected in almost every way!  Artists, especially, I think, are aware of what is going on around them and are very in tune with their emotions within what they do.  This, naturally, would come out in their art.  Not always, but usually, after a huge world-changing (probably political) event, the art that follows that time period has changed because of it and reflects whatever happened.