Photos by G. Art by William Pope.L
You never know what to expect when you see an exhibit by American artist William Pope.L, and I think that part of the charm is to see what he’ll come up with next. In the past, Pope.L has chained himself to the door of a Chase Bank with an 8-foot sausage and wore a skirt made out of dollar bills and a retrospective catalogue of his works was called “William Pope.L – The Friendliest Black Artist In America.” His latest exhibit “landscape + object + animal,” at Mitchell-Innes and Nash is not a departure from Pope.L’s artistic commentary on an ever present backwards world. This mixed-media exhibit features animals smeared with peanut butter, ideas inscribed in mayonnaise, “negro ideas,” and live performances (check Mitchell-Innes and Nash’s website for details on when they will take place). The exhibit is definitely worth checking out and it just might make you broaden your perspectives on racial prejudice. Mitchell-Innes and Nash is located at 534 West 26th Street and this exhibit runs through June 19, 2010.