Pop Cycles (Set)
Hand-painted porcelain plaster & wood
The Magnum measures 27 x 10 x 4 cm; the Rocket 34 x 13 x 9 cm; and the Twister 41,5 x 20 x 5 cm
Edition of 3 copies, signed and numbered by the artist on a certificate
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about this work
Sharon Van Overmeiren made this work within the context of her Pop Cycles Billboard Series – referencing the visual language of traditional ice cream & popsicle advertisements. For this edition, Van Overmeiren developed the three sculptural props used on the Billboard Series into autonomous (wall) sculptures. While the shapes of these sculptures definitely reference popsicles, Van Overmeiren also distorts this reading by adding historical references to the shapes. The Magnum, for example, is made up of minimal, geometric elements that refer to the abstract-geometric style that characterises the German Bauhaus in the first half of the twentieth century. The Rocket, on the other hand, refers strongly in form to Anubis, an Ancient Egyptian god of death who is traditionally represented as a jackal or a person with the head of a jackal. Finally, the shape and colour of the Twister as pictured on the billboard referred to the Celtic culture that was dominant in large parts of Europe more than two thousand years ago. While making the edition, the artist however decided to repaint the Twister in a beautiful blue and yellow.
about Sharon Van Overmeiren
The work of Sharon Van Overmeiren reflects on the images with which we surround ourselves. She thinks about how a specific image or a complete visual language is created, how the forms become bearers of meaning, and how this meaning changes – through time or through different cultures.
In concrete terms, this means that she creates new, composite images that are made up of a multitude of references. Van Overmeiren’s sources and references are extremely broad and cover both high and low culture: from cartoons to pre-Columbian motifs, from museum scenography to Pokémon. The images Van Overmeiren creates are literally layered, and the relationship between all the different layers of images constantly evokes new meanings.