Hasn’t your work always been about illness?
Am I wrong?
Today, it is snowing again. I am locked up. Everyone is.
We are confined by a virus.
I am thinking about the title of your exhibition: My Kingdom for a Title…
And I started to ask myself: What is Pope.L’s kingdom? And why would he trade it for a title? And what is a title anyways? A title for an exhibition? A title for a car? A new job?
King Richard the Third famously exclaimed, “My Kingdom for a horse!” It has been a while since I have read Shakespeare’s play, but if I recall correctly this was in the midst of a battle he was losing and would lose. No kingdom or horse could save him (or us).
My Kingdom for a Title— Thanks to my dyslexia (my sick words) I keep switching the “g” and the “b” as I write this…
A Kind-dumb of the sick. A sick kingdom.
Pope.L, how sick is your kingdom?
Very. Very. Very Sick.
… he has been telling us this for decades…. DECADES.
Crawl-ing, Pull-ing and Escape-ing from/in this kingdom for decades.
There is something different maybe about this show with its errant title… maybe…but perhaps in being different it is more the same than it ever was.
same as it ever was
But if it is different, it is because this exhibition is even more clinical, more institutional–more hospital-like= glass, mirrors, medical masks, oscillating fans, latex gloves, directional arrows on the floor, medicine cabinets, paintings inside the medicine cabinets= art.
It is the most bemoaned and put-down genres of art-making and display…people often remark to me: “Oh, if they only had REAL ART in hospitals people would be so much better off than having to be subjected to these cheesy landscapes and bad abstraction.”
What art is going to function optimally in those fly-by hallways, where medical professionals are tending to the sick and dying? (That “cheesy art” is probably there for a reason…)
And you know, I would add:
Careful what you wish for.
REAL ART in hospitals might be like introducing a novel virus into the situation…A new type of illness, a mutation….Am I saying that Art is sick? Maybe I am…
Maybe I am saying Pope.L’s Art is Sick… and if you don’t know with what after all these decades, then I am not going to be the first one to break it to you… I am no doctor.
I am only going to suggest that if you want REAL ART
…really real REAL ART
then Pope.L is offering you a vaccine.