Jump Cut Pop, which was organized by the Haggerty, features more than 50 works from the mid-1960s to 2008 inspired by the Pop Art movement. The artists confront contemporary social, political and historical issues using poster design, printmaking, painting, photography, collage and video. The works are typically graphic in execution and palette, presenting complex image relationships in multilayered collaged formats. Works by Eduardo Paolozzi, Tadanori Yokoo and Jane Hammond are drawn from the museumís Permanent Collection. Acquired in the early 1980s, the two portfolios by Eduardo Paolozzi, General Dynamic F.U.N, 1970, and Conditional Probability Machine, 1970, and the vintage offset lithographs by international recognized graphic artist Tadanori Yokoo will be shown at the Haggerty for the first time. Also to be presented are works on loan from museums, galleries and private collections. Other artists in Jump Cut Pop are Cliff Evans, Nobu Fukui and Martha Rosler.
The exhibition explores the strategies of six artists who juxtapose photo-based images drawn from popular culture with text and/or seemingly unrelated popular images. The artists draw from a confluence of sources, exerting a degree of compositional freedom with little conscious regard for historical continuity or visual hierarchy. The juxtapositions often suggest that images are interesting unto themselves, divorced from their inherent meaning by their proximity to other completely unrelated images. Appropriated photos and comics are among the sources most favored by this group.
Pop Art began in the mid-50s in Britain and the late '50s in the United States. The movement challenged the importance of the artistís hand that was synonymous with Abstract Expressionism, in lieu of celebrating banal images of popular culture twinged with irony. Eduardo Paolozzi (1924-2005), one of the artists included in the exhibition, first used the word "popĒ in a 1952 collage. Paolozzi was a member of the Independent Group, the British collective of artists who fully embraced American popular culture and mass advertising as the source of their subject matter.
Martha Rosler, an instructor at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, gave the opening talk, "Always Coming Home." Rosler was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., earned her bachelor of arts degree at Brooklyn College in 1965 and her master of fine arts degree from University of California, San Diego in '74. Rosler writes criticism and works in video, photo-text, installation and performance. She has published 10 books, including photographs, texts and commentary on public space, ranging from airports and roads to housing and homelessness. She has produced several other "Word Works" and photo-text publications, now analyzing imagery of women or exploring responses to repression, crisis and war.
Martha Rosler presented "Always Coming Home." An instructor at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, Rosler works in video, photo-text collage, installation, performance and writes criticism.