Friday, February 17, 2017

Media Blitz Pops

I am taking a moment away from my twitter feed, Facebook, and obsessive news watching to say something about the media as depicted by pop artist Robert Rauschenberg. His fractured images of jumbled news events feel like the noise in my head as I try to navigate the brave new world of a 24/7 news cycle.  Though most often associated with the 1960s, Rauchenberg's career spanned a much greater period, but it is those works from the 1960s which seem especially prescient.  As we click through the channels and surf the web, the myriad of clipped images and sound bites leaves the viewer to make sense of the constant stream of information.  And in these rough days of 2017, none of it seems to make much sense.

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