Snap Crackle Pow!

Reservation by Rose Simpson

An exhibition of drawings

April 12–May 31, 2008

516 ARTS is pleased to announce Snap Crackle Pow! opened Saturday, April 12, 2008 concurrently with Alchemy: Collage & Assemblage. Both exhibitions explored a “pieced together” vocabulary of popular culture.

"The social organization which is most true of itself to the artist is the boy gang." — Allen Ginsberg

Though not nearly so consciously structured as the group of Beat Movement writers (who were none too structured themselves, which may be a signifier of “the boy gang” itself), male artists tend to find one another in schools—often as early as in elementary school, when the fine art of doodling in class is honed. Boys are tacitly encouraged, mostly by their peers, to draw. They draw monsters, cars, bloody eyeballs, and later, the impossibly well-endowed physical attributes of heroes and their women.

Snap Crackle Pow! featured artists working in the medium of drawing, and investigates how the cultures of comic book art (including, but not restricted to, R. Crumb and a correlated mentality that reflects the writings of Charles Bukowski) have intersected with popular graphics (such as those on cereal boxes) to influence a new generation of draftsmen. Artists Luke Dorman, David Leigh, Larry Bob Phillips, and Clayton Porter could be said to represent the ‘boy gang’ influence that contributes so profoundly to art today. After all, according to The New York Times critic Roberta Smith, drawing is the new painting. As a curator, I became interested in how young women have made these highly graphical styles of drawing their own, and Maureen Burdock and Rose Simpson will contribute their knockout work to the exhibition—girls altering the dynamics of the boy gang in contemporary art. — Kathryn M Davis, Guest Curator

We were pleased to announce the accomplishments of several artists in the exhibition. Rose Simpson was selected to participate in SITE Santa Fe’s seventh international biennial exhibition, Lucky Number Seven, curated by Lance Fung, opening June 22, 2008. Maureen Burdock’s artworks were featured in Feminists Under Forty, a group exhibition running through May 30, curated by Judy Chicago and organized by Through the Flower in Belen, New Mexico. Luke Dorman recently completed a collaborative project with Tamarind Institute and Senior Printers Brandon Gunn and Sharon Lee, the prints from which will be featured for the first time in Snap Crackle Pow!

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Download video Luke Dorman creating his mural on the wall of 516 ARTS.

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Opening reception: Saturday, April 12, 6–8pm

Gallery Talk: Saturday, May 3, 2pm

Downtown Artscrawl: Friday, May 16, 5–8pm

image above: Reservation by Rose Simpson