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Twisted Pop Art

Posted by: A M Johnson on 01/21/2013 - 5:20 PM

I think I started a whole new genre of art just now. I describe it as follows:

"Pop Art is traditionally art that pays homage to commercial art as in ads. My Twisted Pop Art is full of color, with an unrecognizable source. Twisted Pop Art has morphed into a piece of art that is trickery, folly and subversion.

From the outer reaches of imagination, the work is titled and offered to you. Enjoy."

The one piece I have in the gallery right now did not start out as a lava flow, but ended up kind of being one. I intend on doing similar pieces and was wondering if you think the genre name reflects what I've created or is there already a genre for this type of art and I'll just make myself look bad by calling the gallery (and supposed genre) 'Twisted Pop Art'?

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Posted by: Angelina Vick on 01/21/2013 - 5:27 PM

Part of being pop art is the fact that's it's recognizable.

I wouldn't call Lava Flow pop art...but that's up to you.


Posted by: Tony Murray on 01/21/2013 - 5:49 PM

I thought this was about my dad's artwork.


Posted by: Wendy J St Christopher on 01/21/2013 - 6:14 PM

Though it's always cool to try something new, this is definitely more 'twisted abstract' than any type of pop art.

Imo, an interesting concept that needs a bit more 'drawing board' time.


Posted by: A M Johnson on 01/21/2013 - 7:14 PM

The drawing board part is the part I need help with. I want to separate it from the abstract stuff but want to accurately describe it too.


Posted by: Angel Ortiz on 01/21/2013 - 7:35 PM

Wendy is right is an abstract not a pop art
But anyways congrat.


Posted by: Wendy J St Christopher on 01/21/2013 - 9:07 PM

AMJ, I'm not sure that you *can* separate it from your abstracts -- or why you'd want to.

I think viewers will see this work as abstract, period. Many of the works in my abstract galleries began as original photographs, photos of mixed media, etc. But, when I change them beyond recognizable form, I refer to them as abstracts -- not photo-manipulations.

What I don't want is potential buyers looking at them and being confused (more than the average abstract-viewing-confusion). :-)

Maybe I'm just missing your point . . .


Posted by: A M Johnson on 01/22/2013 - 9:44 AM

I think everyone is right, they are just abstracts. I was hoping that I could create a marketing angle but I think I'm over reaching. :D


Posted by: Ginny Schmidt on 01/23/2013 - 9:14 AM

I like your abstracts but don't get the "twisted" part. Also don't get Cassie's Luggage series - four shots so similar, #1 and #4 almost identical except for very slight variation in angle of face and right hand - could have been a neat concept but too much redundancy.

for some reason this is my favorite thing in your portfolio. Photography Prints

although somewhat surprised you chose studebaker for the title rather than the other sign - given the arid aspect of the scene ... makes me thirsty just to look at it.


Posted by: A M Johnson on 01/23/2013 - 9:24 AM

Editing and titling are my two biggest weaknesses. Newcastle too, but that's another segment of my life. :D


Posted by: Sonja Quintero on 01/23/2013 - 10:54 AM

Hmm, cool image! I don't think "pop" so much, either. Certainly abstract. But this image feels organic.....maybe a mesh of the two? abstraction!
Or...kinectic abstract! Oh, probably doesn't help you, but I tried! :)



Posted by: A M Johnson on 01/23/2013 - 11:04 AM

Good keywords. Thank you. I think for Twisted Pop Art, I'll stick to a homage to Andy Warhol with an added element of surreal in the picture.

The whole point of this is to get creative in a new way for me. I want to do something odd, fun and unique. :) BUT, not look like a doofus while doing it.


Posted by: Ann Powell on 01/23/2013 - 12:01 PM

I do see the influence of Pop Art in the choice of colors. But I am not sure how you would work that in Homage to Pop Art Colors is not really very catchy.......


Posted by: A M Johnson on 01/23/2013 - 12:45 PM

The image in question went back into abstracts. I'll change the gallery image when I upload a new image into the gallery. The "a homage to Andy Warhol with an added element of surreal" is the general idea I think but not the catchy gallery title.


Posted by: Angelina Vick on 01/23/2013 - 12:56 PM

If you really want to develop it, Twisted Pop Art, then don't give up.

Keep working on the concept until it is what you want it to be.


Just because it didn't work at the first attempt? It doesn't mean you can't keep doing it until it's fantastic.

It's going to take some work. It's an interesting concept.


Posted by: Wendy J St Christopher on 01/23/2013 - 12:59 PM

Yep! It's too good a title to let go. :-)


Posted by: Jeffery Johnson on 01/23/2013 - 1:00 PM

How about, A Pop of Abstract Color.


Posted by: A M Johnson on 01/23/2013 - 1:23 PM

I'm now thinking about doing things like a Jack Daniels bottle (ala Campbell's soup can) but really huge and have a drunk model leaning against it with the same bottle in her hand.

The pop part is the product and the twisted part is the manipulated image of a huge bottle with the model leaning on it. It will have color plus a dichotomy of elements in the picture.


Posted by: Angelina Vick on 01/23/2013 - 1:29 PM

That sounds interesting...good luck!


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