rePOPulated: contemporary perspectives on pop art
       
     
Phil Bender: Phil Bender: Phil Bender
       
     
Sean O'Meallie: Freeplay
       
     
rePOPulated: contemporary perspectives on pop art
       
     
rePOPulated: contemporary perspectives on pop art

Curator: Collin Parson

ARVADA CENTER FOR THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES

January 22 - March 29, 2015

Mass media, culture and production, as seen through the lens of Pop Art is the focus of the Arvada Center’s first exhibition series of 2015. Fun, bold and rebellious, the Pop movement was a major departure from the prior artistic endeavors of the mid-twentieth century. rePOPulated: contemporary perspectives on pop art will showcase the evolution of the movement from the beginning to now. From the collection of the CU Art Museum in Boulder, pioneers of the American Pop Art movement such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, and James Rosenquist will be featured, while the rest of the exhibition will highlight regional contemporary artists and their perspectives on Pop Art today. 

Participating artists:
Roland Bernier
Scott Blake
Kym Bloom
Craig Cleveland
Evan Colbert
Scott Dye
Carlos Fresquez
Margaret Kasahara
Colin Livingston
Michael Mew
Tony Ortega
Mark Penner-Howell
Louis Recchia
Floyd D. Tunson
Chinn Wang

Included Pop pioneers, from the collection of the CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder:
Roy Lichtenstein
James Rosenquist
Robert Rauschenberg
Robert Clark Indiana
Claes Oldenburg
Edward Ruscha
Wayne Thiebaud
Andy Warhol

Phil Bender: Phil Bender: Phil Bender
       
     
Phil Bender: Phil Bender: Phil Bender

Curator: Collin Parson

ARVADA CENTER FOR THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES

January 22 - March 29, 2015 

Any exhibition series relating to Pop Art would not be complete without Colorado's Pop master, Phil Bender. For the past thirty years, Bender has collected everyday objects from our culture, assembling them in his masterful, signature way; repetition of multiple objects. Creating large grid patterns, his work recalls the past, in which details of the slightest similarities and differences of such seemingly mundane items as suitcases, rolling pins, hubcaps, and other discarded and obscure items are highlighted and elevated to the realm of Art with a capital A. Much like Robert Rauschenberg or Andy Warhol, Bender continues the investigation into the use of mass produced products as art objects to be valued, since society instills them with value by spending money on such items. 
One of the founder's of Denver's historic Pirate: Contemporary Art co-op gallery, he was recently awarded a Mayor's Award for his achievements. 

Sean O'Meallie: Freeplay
       
     
Sean O'Meallie: Freeplay

Curator Collin Parson

ARVADA CENTER FOR THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES

January 22 - March 29, 2015

Colorado Springs artist Sean O'Meallie explores what he calls "the open play thread that runs through my practice" in this solo exhibition. A former toy inventor, his whimsical works look much like everyday items and found objects, but are actually one-of-a-kind, colorful wood sculptures. O'Meallie states that his work "draws from the incessant commercial blare of marketplace ideas, images, and activities of consumerism." 
O'Meallie's works are playful, inventive, and even though a first glance hints at mass production, upon closer inspection the true art shines through.