This is arguably one of the most iconic images of the supermodel of all time. While the term "pop art" is most often associated with Andy Warhol, pop art has successfully infiltrated mainstream youth culture, and continues to influence the younger generations as the celebrity obsession grows. Something interesting about the newer wave of pop art is that the chosen mediums are no longer confined to paintings or silk screens - t-shirts, street art, and digital art is just as common as more traditional mediums.
One of the featured pieces is this screen print t-shirt by To The Black Clothing:
Another piece featured in the exhibition is an acylic painting by Dominic Joyce (2011). While the medium is traditional, the image is painted in a way that is reminiscent of a computer image that has been too-highly contrasted. While the iconic Kate Moss image has been simplified significantly, the pose and face is still somehow instantly recognizable, and it is clearly a reference to that one specific photo of her. That is what struck me the most about the painting. The image itself is literally nothing more than white, purple, and pink paint with no shading or realism at all. The painting relies solely on contrast, and the organic shapes of Moss's unique face.
This next piece is by James Mylne. It was drawn entirely in ballpoint pen.
This next work featured is a photograph of some British street art, taken by Jayne Russell in 2011. The artist himself is unknown.
This next piece is a print by UK artist Prole:
Next is another photograph of street art by an unknown artist.
The last piece is a photograph of a billboard done by James Cauty.
This is a refreshingly light heated work. It's an advertisement for James Cauty, and grabs your attention right off the bat by using an iconic image of a supermodel. It seems to be rather comic art-influenced, with the use of the speech bubble, and the Ben-Day dots.
The themes of this exhibition are the concepts of pop icons as muses, the blank canvas that is a model's photograph, and the feelings and ideas artists project onto popular images. The artwork is to be installed on the walls of the 2nd and up floors of the E, M, and C buildings, where it is mainly classrooms. This exhibition is meant to inspire and motivate students to take a bite out of the action, so to speak, and encourage them to think outside the box and allow themselves to be inspired by whatever it is they like - whether it be supermodels, celebrity culture, TV, actresses, Twilight, 50 Shades of Gray, whatever it is that floats their boat - and use that inspiration to put their own spin on things. The various art styles and mediums are also meant to encourage the young students to not be afraid of developing their own unique styles, in every aspect of life, or in whatever professional field it is that they seek. There is also the theme of becoming "the next big thing", whether that means being the next Kate Moss, the next JK Rowling, etc, etc. There is definitely a feeling of ambition and fame-craving that comes from looking at these images. People should not be ashamed of pop culture. Trashy or not, if you love it, go for it. Be the next Kim Kardashian, or whatever. No harm in trying.