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MY POP

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The fact that I use pop imagery doesn’t necessarily mean that assume vivid astro focus’ work is Pop art. I also use a multitude of non-pop references—the Unicorn Tapestries, Buddhist thangka paintings, Victorian doorknobs, even Francis Picabia. I feel more connected to conceptual art, Earthworks, and dada, but critics tend to categorize work that is colorful or uses flat color as “psychedelic” or “pop” (usually also meaning “apolitical” or “ahistorical”).

I’m from Brazil. We had a military dictatorship from 1964 all the way through the ’80s, sponsored, like so many others, by the United States. Brazil had a very political art environment in the ’60s. The subjects that American Pop was dealing with had a different meaning for us. They meant colonialism: Our culture was being invaded by America’s. But there wasn't enough criticism of that invasion in American Pop to make us feel much attachment

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