For our May / June show, The Parliament is celebrating the 90s! We asked artists to submit work that celebrates the nostalgia of the 90s with Pop Art influences. This show features eighteen national and six international artists! We always love featuring local artists, but it has been very exciting to branch out from our area, and show the people of York what the rest of the world is creating.
We’ve been receiving a lot of enthusiasm from everyone for our 90s themed show! Plenty of artists jumped on the opportunity to submit work. We asked for works with Pop Art influences, but the artists did not stop there for inspiration. We have featured works ranging from abstract paintings, illustrative works, realistic paintings, and photography; this eclectic mix has made for an exciting and diverse show. Many artists pulled from their memories of the 90s, a half of them experiencing early childhood, and the other half figuring out early adulthood.
Many artists realized just how much the 90s influenced their work after some reflection. California based artist, Jaime Derringer, wrote in her statement, “The 90s were never a direct influence for me… It wasn’t until I produced quite a bit of work that I heard someone remark that it seemed very ’90s.’ . In the 90s, I was interested in rap music, techno, raves, ‘alternative’ music, style, skateboarding culture, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and The Cure. I was a typical 90s youth going through phases and states of ‘seeking identity.’ When I began drawing and painting, I went through these same awkward stages of seeking identity, but this time, in terms of my place in the art world. When I look at my work, I don’t just see the 90s, I see the 80s and current trends. I see the future.”
In this collection of works, bold use of color and countless references to 90s media and culture surround the viewer with a carefree nostalgia . This is certainly true for For New York-based artist Chris Riggs. He states, “As a medium I used graffiti writing style which was also booming in 90s… In the 1990s the barbie doll was the best selling doll. The art scene in 1990s NYC had lots of spray painted letters around the city”. Iconic figures such as the Barbie doll are combined with the use of spray paint to create his kitsch, youthful works such as “Gold Barbie”.
There’s a little something for everyone who experiences this show. Even for those who were born after the decade will be able to recognize iconic 90s imagery. As soon as one walks into the gallery, they are instantly bombarded with bright colors, weird textures, and familiar faces. You will not want to miss this throwback one-of-a-kind show. Show runs until June 30th.