Carl Pope


Indianapolis, Indiana, United States, 1961. Lives and works in Indianapolis. Pope received his MFA from Indiana State University in 1999, and also studied at the prestigious Skowhegan School of Painting. Pope’s work was included in the 1994 exhibit Black Male: Representations of Masculinity in Contemporary Art, and in the 2000 Whitney Biennial. 

On Pope's work

Carl Pope’s practice engages race and other large social issues with seemingly modest means; he transcribes marketing slogans, Black English, literary quotations, and other forms to represent the polyphonous competition of ideas. Engaging received ideas, prejudices, local humor, and other imaginaries generated by printed ephemera, Pope develops his projects in relationship to specific locations, talking with local people and uncovering local issues that inform his art. Taking existing forms such as the billboard, the broadside and the letterpress poster, Pope animates them with a cacophony of individual and often opposing voices, transcribing local utterances as complicated poetics that define the public sphere. 

The Wall Remixed: The North Philadelphia Small Business Advertising Campaign" Carl Pope and Mari Hulick with Homer Jackson

March 18 - April 23,
Mural Arts Program/Thomas Eakins House,
1729 Mount Vernon Street


Images: letterpress poster from the installation The Bad Air Smelled of Roses (2005-ongoing)
Billboards (Patterson's Palace, and Sun Pay Beauty) from The Wall Remixed

*Photo credit: Rebecca Mott

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2001 N. 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
(215) 782-2870


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