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Holiday POP

Group Show

Saturday December 14th, 7-10pm

Heron Arts is pleased to announce the multi-disciplinary exhibition Holiday POP. The exhibition will be on view at Heron Arts through January 4th, 2020. Visitors can enjoy a group show of seven contemporary pop and pop surrealist artists exhibiting work based upon their unique interpretations of the holiday season. The show will feature work from Ben Frost, Christybomb, Eric Joyner, Isabel Samaras, Robert Xavier Burden and the “Ice Cave” installation by Scott Hove. The opening reception for Holiday POP will be on Saturday, December 14th, 2019 at 7pm and is free and open to the public.

The holiday season is both a joyous and stressful time of the year. For some, it’s a time for reflection, sharing, spending quality time with loved ones, celebration, generosity, and gifts. For others, the holidays evoke family feuds, debt and overindulgence. Beginning on November 1st (sometimes even earlier), we are bombarded with images of the holidays, provoking reactions both positive and negative. We have asked a group of contemporary pop and pop surrealist artists to create artwork based on their interpretation of the holiday season, and the feelings that come up when they reflect upon this time. Each artist will focus on a different aspect - both embracing and mocking the kitsch, nostalgia, mass consumerism, and twinkling lights.

Renaissance artists like Botticelli and Leonardo were not the only ones to create works inspired by Christmas. Andy Warhol, the king of pop art himself, loved to comment on the holiday season in his artworks. Jeff Koons, Salvador Dali, and Henri Matisse are a few other modern artists to have done the same. Pop art blurs the line between low and high art, while confronting themes of indulgence and death, putting an iron twist on the images of our everyday lives. The amount of consumption that has come to define the holiday season is an ideal subject to place under that critical lens.

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