Andrea Bowers

Pop's influence is ubiquitous in contemporary art, and it has had an effect on my practice. At this historical moment, however, that influence seems to lack relevance compared with other movements from the ’60s, like Minimalism for instance. In her book Video Green: Los Angeles and the Triumph of Nothingness, Chris Kraus states that the imagery of New York–based Pop lacked “rage.” Compared to the media spectacle in which we now live, Pop art seems downright quaint. Pop is now best remembered for its celebration of mass culture. Perhaps what is needed in this era of the USA Patriot Act is artwork with less celebration and more rage.

Pop art did open up uncharted territories of subject matter: Still life had new potential, mass-produced images were given another reading. I am an obsessive collector of images. Like Warhol, I shop at used bookstores and flea markets, but mainly I search the

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