This past Friday, I went check-out the latest gallery show at Arch Enemy Arts in the Old City neighborhood of Philadelphia, PA. It was a pop surrealism show and if that sounds too highbrow, I promise it’s not- in fact, another name for the term is “lowbrow”. The movement is one of the most accessible art movements in a long time- it may sometimes use a symbolism and other high falutin visual elements, but at it’s core, it’s cool imagery that is either fantastical or might have a sly sense of humor. Beyond anything, looking at this art is sheer entertainment.
The show was entitled “Digital Mirrors: How Are You Feeling?” and the exhibition was themed around emojis or rather art interpreting them. As you look through some of the select works from the exhibit you will see the every day avatars of our modern digital, text speak communication brought to life by the hands of several artists. The exhibit was full of visual jokes, optical illusions, and imagery with wry sarcasm to it. When you stare at “Forbidden Fruit” it is confounding to stare at- the eyes are out of focus no matter how you look at it. “Ambulance Chasers” sneaks in all kinds of nerdy science-fiction pop culture references- the car from “Speed Racer”, the hover car from “Star Wars”, and the original Bat Mobile from the old Adam West “Batman” series. Enjoy several images seen at the show! The current exhibition is on view until August 30, 2015, check-out their website and make plans to see the exhibit for yourself if you’re in the area.
The “Digital Mirrors” Exhibit