What Is Pop Art Mosaics?

I guess a good place to start is with another question, "What is Pop Art?" Although dictionary definitions can sometimes be helpful, I think I'll pose my own definition for Pop Art and hope it works out okay. Pop Art incorporates images which bring to mind connotations beyond what you would normally associate those images with. It sounds a little convoluted, but hopefully some examples will help.

Is a picture of a dog Pop Art? Most of the time, no. But what if it is a terrier, sitting in front of a gramophone with the words, "His Master's Voice?" Of course, we recognize this as the RCA trademark, but when we see this, do we simply think RCA and then move on. Well, I sure don't. I think of a much simpler time, when being able to listen to music in the comfort of your own home without having to hire musicians or being able to play an instrument was something of a luxury. What if that dog is Snoopy or Pluto or any of a dozen other cartoon dogs we've learned to know and love in the course of our lifetimes. What if it was just some generic dog drawn in a cartoony style? Would that have the same effect? Probably not, and if it does, it's probably only because it reminds us of other cartoon dogs we do know.

Is a corporate logo Pop Art? If it's done right or carries the right connotations, then yes. Is the Coca-Cola logo simply a product name in white script letters in a red circle or is it more than that? To me, it's a cool drink on a hot day or Mean Joe Green giving his Steelers jersey to a little kid or a bunch of somewhat clean-cut hippies standing on a hilltop teaching the world to sing. All of the things that the Coca-Cola Corporation has spent billions to force into my head through the decades. What about the Starbucks logo? To some, it represents an iced mocha frappuccino. To others, it represents corporate greed and crushing the little guy.

Perhaps, my definition of Pop Art is broader than most, but I think it works. This brings us back to the original question. What is Pop Art Mosiacs? Well, it's just that. It's mosaics made from the images of Pop Art. Everyday of our life, we are bombarded by these images. I think it's high time they gave something back. Hence, we turn them into art. In the picture above, there are at least five such images, Sylvester the Cat, the Morton Salt Girl, an American Flag Peace Sign, a Coke Logo, and Max Headroom.

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