Week No. 3 – Snap, Crackle, Art [mirror of FB post on Nu Romantics]

I’m doing a weekly feature on Pop Art for the Nu Romantics. Click to see past posts. This week is week no. 3 – Snap, Crackle, Art featuring the work of Sir Eduardo Paolozzi
Yeah, it is the Fourth of July but since America certainly doesn’t deserve a Birthday this year I thought I’d keep the pop art cumming, spewing, frothing at the mouth even though it’s a holiday on paper for Americans which many Nu Romantics are although I’d dare them to explain basic US law to me. Anyways, I mean, what’s life without routine? What’s an MJ post without digression and misdirection. So last week was lips, I’ll include some $th (stet) of July lips for shits and giggles. Then, I’ll get into the murky alligator infested waters of Week Three featuring Eduardo Paolozzo (because why not feature a Brit who was born in Scotland of Italian parents on American Blow-Your-Fingers-Off-Your-Hand and Believe-some-BS-stories-about-Flagmaking Day).

Now personally, I find these Eduardo Paolozzi pieces eerily prophetic about the mess we are in right now in 2017 kind of at a halfway purgatory between cave paintings and technology. I mean, we have iPhones and NASA yet most people use their phones to read fake news and get their fifteen minutes of fame cut into 7 second bites they accrue daily and poor NASA just this week had to debunk an Alien Child Slave Colony on Mars. So, the more we’ve progressed, the more we are grunting and stenciling our names into the rock while not able to decipher shadow from corporeal reality.

Check out the artwork below and answer the three questions, if you feel daring, sexy, and a little lonely on the side:
  1. What do these pop art pieces speak to? Did Eduardo predict the world being owned and controlled by Amazon and other algorithms? Did he foresee our inability to discern truth from bullshit? As you know, the motto of 2017 is “Bullshit is Truth, Truth Bullshit”
  2. Do you like the art? What does it remind you of?
  3. Are these pieces romantic? sarcastic? or something else?
  4. Do you believe there’s a Child Slave Colony on Mars
PERSONAL SIDE NOTE: I get a kick out of indie authors bitching that Amazon didn’t approve a cover or something as if Amazon is a bunch of old ladies knitting around a campfire. The indie authors invariably get angry that “amazon didn’t even respond.” Like in the artwork of Paolozzi, the whole machine is run by algorithms and computers and patterns and patterns and patterns. If you ask me, wrestling with an algorithm is an exercise in futility.
FUN FACT: Like many Italians in English-speaking countries during WWII, Paolozzi was held at an internment camp.
Artwork Credit:
Each piece is by Eduardo Paolozzi except the lips (unknown artist)
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Snap, Crackle, Spunk! – Pop Art and Smutpunk



Pop Art and Smutpunk

by Moctezuma Johnson

Okay, it has come to my attention that people would like to see a little more pop art. I am far from an expert on pop art, but I will try to impart a little bit of what draws me to it time and again when writing, and pinning on pinterest. Surely you’ve seen Andy Warhol’s Campbell Soup cans, Charles Demuth’s Figure No. 5 [pictured right (down on a mobile device)] and very similar to the ‘one two three four five’ Sesame Street Song, or Roy Lichenstein’s deperate women with dots. Although you’ve seen these images, or marketing’s copies of these images, you may not know how the Pop Art movement started or why. The reasons are very similar to what I’m doing with smutpunk now and I’d like you to know a little more so you can enjoy both Pop Art and Smutpunk to the fullest. I want to share some of the artwork with you. However, if I’m going to share some bits of what I find to be the essentials of Pop Art, I think we need to discuss a bit about what it is, how it started, and who made it famous.


What is Pop Art?

“Pop art is an art movement that emerged in the mid-1950s in Britain and the late 1950s in the United States.[1] The movement presented a challenge to traditions of fine art by including imagery from popular and mass culture, such as advertisingcomic books and mundane cultural objects. One of its aims is to use images of popular (as opposed to elitist) culture in art, emphasizing the banal or kitschy elements of any culture, most often through the use of irony.[2] It is also associated with the artists’ use of mechanical means of reproduction or rendering techniques. In pop art, material is sometimes visually removed from its known context, isolated, and/or combined with unrelated material.[1][2] (from Wikipedia).

What does Smutpunk have to do with Pop Art?

Smutpunk isn’t so different but it’s a modernized indie form of the same elements. Pop artists often used mechanical means to render their work. Now, in 2017 you can use digital forms. There are millions of apps and programs to ‘photoshop’ any image, there’s a catalog of images with no copyrights attached, there the collage technique to mix forms, and then there’s the rise of indie publishing which lets artists and writers morph many elements from magic realism to cthulhu into one pop art, pulpy mesh of awesome sauce slathered smoothie. I like to think of my writing as a steroid-laced smoothie, as you know.


How did Pop Art Begin?

Pop art seems like an American phenomenon thanks to the use of cultural items from the US (like Coca-Cola and Campbells Soup cans) but actually pop art started in Great Britain as a means of digesting the mass cultural imperialism of the USA from afar. Eduardo Paolozzi was the first artist who used the expression ‘pop art’ to explain his work and is most likely the grandfather of the genre. PAOLOZZI_I_Was_a_Rich_Mans_Plaything_500_700_80After the movement started in the UK, pop art took on another wave from American artists like Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns. The artwork that came out of New York in this era may be the most well-known. Pop art was less academic in the US. The artists in Britain focused on the paradoxical imagery of American pop culture as manipulative symbolic devices that were causing the deterioration of whole patterns of life while seemingly improving the prosperity of a society. Looking at this from 2017, it seems fair to say that pop culture has accelerated the decline of the civilization.

Pop art owes thanks to Dada, but lacks the destructive, satirical, and anarchic impulses of the Dada movement.

Personally, I’m not sure if smutpunk owes its allegiance more to Dada or Pop Art. Perhaps both and neither. I mean, it’s 2017, what’s allegiance anyway?


Who made Pop Art Famous?

Eduardo Paolozzi, Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichentein, Keith Haring, and many many more (see a great list of famous pop artists) contributed to the success and popularity of pop art. And don’t think it was all happening in the English-speaking world. Spain, Japan, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Russia all had major movements associated with pop art. You can see Japan’s subway with eyes on it or the infinity rooms by Yayoi Kusama.



Snap, Crackle, Art by MJ


Here was a little taste of pop art. I will continue to post pulp and pop art on Pinterest and Facebook for you to enjoy. In fact, I now have a weekly spot on Nu Romantics called Snap, Crackle, Art by MJ to share this with you and get your feedback on how it contributes to smutpunk and other writing/art. I will post three images every Tuesday and ask a question or guide a little discussion about what you see. Well, that’s the idea. We will see what actually transpires.

Archives of ‘Snap, Crackle, Art’ by MJ on Nu Romantics

Week 1 at Nu Romantics – Mirror Post Hosted Online at smutpunk.mesnap-crackle-art-smutpunk-moctezuma-johnson-promo4-pop-art

Week 2 at Nu Romantics – Mirror Post Hosted Online at smutpunk.me

Week 3 at Nu Romantics – Mirror Post Hosted Online at moctezumajohnson.com

Week 4 at Nu Romantics – Mirror Post Hosted Online at smutpunk.me

Week 5 at Nu Romantics (featuring photos from the Dali Theatre-Museum in Figueres, Spain) – Mirror Post Hosted Online at moctezumajohnson.com

Week 6 at Nu Romantics (waiting for the Nu Romantic Folks *avg wait time so far = 12 hours) – Mirror Post Hosted Online at medium.com

Week 7 at Nu Romantics

Week 8 online here

Week 9 online here

List of All Snap, Crackle, Art by MJ posts on Nu Romantics