Delve into the project archive and take a lesson in Pop art history with Niamh White’s new essay on WHAAM!. Having recently visited the Roy Lichtenstein exhibition at Tate Modern, SHOWstudio Shop's associate director invites you to re-examine Nick Knight’s comic book inspired editorial.
Drawing on her degree in art history and the display at Tate Modern, White highlights the parallels between Knight’s imagery for Garage and the Lichtenstein series that inspired it. ‘Bringing the Pop master's aesthetic bang up to date, Knight reimagined Lichtenstein's most popular body of work, the war and romance paintings, to produce a comic strip for the digital age,’ comments White.
Employing contemporary visual language and widely recognisable Pop art references, Knight’s series frames Lindsey Wixson as a scorned lover seeking revenge. In the modern Pop world infidelities are discovered via Facebook, emotions expressed with emoticons and iPhone text bubbles. As White concludes, ‘what Lichtenstein implied with paint, Knight communicates with technology.’
Revisit Knight’s animated images of Wixson as a Pop art princess or see the stills in the Autumn/Winter 2012 issue of Garage, available to buy from SHOWstudio Shop. For a behind the scenes view, uncover the making of the images with uncut footage of the shoot styled by Katy England.