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MY POP

Chris Ofili

For me Pop art was an attempt to dissolve boundaries by using imagery never intended for “high art” purposes. It was also an acknowledgment that the mainstream contained a wealth of rich imagery. But while notions of Pop once implied a dominant culture, today we have far more choices as individuals. I found Pop to have a more standoffish relationship to the world, whereas I wanted to make art about subjects that spoke to me personally. In the 1990s I was cutting out heads from magazines of sports figures, musicians, and celebrities to make images I wasn’t finding in the art world but that I knew were out there in mainstream black culture. I was and still am attracted to things that look graphic, such as the super hero in my paintings, Captain Shit, who was based on a range of sources from Warhol’s Elvis to Picabia’s Adoration of the Calf. I wanted to see if it was possible to make a

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