POPE.L
Rebuilding the Monument (chicago version/the vitrine problem/one of three)
2007
Compost, manure, photocopy, latex paint, acrylic
25 3/8 by 15 3/8 by 9 1/8 in.  64.5 by 39.1 by 23.2 cm.

Pope.L Rebuilding the Monument 2007

POPE.L
Rebuilding the Monument (chicago version/the vitrine problem/three of three)
2007
Compost, manure, photocopy, latex paint, acrylic
25 3/8 by 44 1/8 by 9 1/8 in.  64.5 by 112.1 by 23.2 cm.

Pope.L Semen Pictures Fahsion

POPE.L
Semen Pictures: Fashioned from Fashion Fastened with Pigment and Use
2005-07
Transparency in light box
18 1/2 by 17 1/2 by 5 in.  47 by 44.5 by 12.7 cm.

Pope.L Mr. N (frame)

POPE.L
Mr. N (frame)
2000-05/2014
Wood, paper and plastic
20 5/8 by 18 3/8 by 2 3/4 in.  52.4 by 46.7 by 7 cm.

Pope.L Puppet COA 2018

POPE.L
Puppet (COA)
2018
Collage, certificate of authenticity and thumb drive
Collage: 13 1/4 by 8 in.  33.7 by 20.3 cm.
Text sheet: 11 by 8 1/2 in.  27.9 by 21.6 cm. 

POPE.L
Cookie
2000-18
Archival pigment print on Hahnemule rag paper in painted artist frame
76 3/8 by 44 in.  194 by 111.8 cm.

Pope.L Picnic (Minor Version) 2018

POPE.L
Picnic (Minor Version)
2018
Archival pigment print on Hahnemule rag paper in painted artist frame
75 7/8 by 44 in.  192.7 by 111.8 cm.

Pope.L Few Frags One Body 2018

POPE.L
Few Frags, One Body
2018
Archival pigment print on Hahnemule rag paper in painted artist frame
73 1/2 by 45 3/4 by 2 1/2 in.  186.7 by 116.2 by 6.4 cm.

Pope.L Syllogism MIN version

POPE.L
Syllogism (MIN version)
1998-2018
Video
Duration: 7:21 min.

Press Release

Mitchell-Innes & Nash is pleased to announce One thing after another (part two), a solo exhibition of new and retro work by Pope.L. This is the artist’s fifth solo exhibition with the gallery and the first in New York since he was awarded the Bucksbaum Award from the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2017. One thing after another (part two) elliptically follows Pope.L’s similarly titled exhibition at La Panacée in Montepellier— the artist’s first major solo museum show in France.

Pope.L’s practice often focuses on the uncertain but productive space between differences in language, class, race, and gender to create works that simultaneously enlist, mock and re-write convention. For Pope.L this gap is where ignorance interacts with hubris to create fresh tensions around authenticity, self and icon. The works on view in One thing after another (part two) are, as the artist notes, “a disgustingly neat pile of doubt, experiment, and denial shoved up hot against claim, leap, gambit, and caesura---your basic scrabbling about in the dark…”

The exhibition features a dozen large Re-Photo collages, in which the artist has manipulated images of parts, mostly body parts, combining them with fragments from various print media to create  “figural encounters” that have been scanned, re-printed and flattened into single large planes of paper. The Re-Photos originated out of Pope.L’s desire to betray the artist’s hand while simultaneously creating images highly suggestive of the body. The works display a hopped-up mechanical puppet-like feel yet function as a kind of tired but comic  modernist chest-beating cum self-obliteration and dis-recognition. Pope.L says of these pieces: “What's key is the body that can't hold itself together; its wholeness is a cartoon."

The Re-Photo collages will be accompanied by a set of wall-mounted acrylic boxes, retro works, filled with bags of fertilizer and paint, each bag plastered with a photocopied image of a smiling Martin Luther King Jr. Titled Rebuilding the Monument, the pieces project a sad, humorous, highly irreverent sense of derogation in their staging of an esteemed historical figure’s image. The works function as anti-monuments, bringing into question  representation's take on Martin Luther King Jr., while at the same time putting in relief the artist’s modus of figural obliteration and authenticity.

The exhibition space is anchored and divided by a black-box video installation which houses one of Pope.L's many versions of his video project, Syllogism. The video explores the rich and disruptive fantasy life behind deductive reasoning. Like systems of logic, social and political concepts are defined in relation to the group they serve, Syllogism stages these contours as blurred and soggy tropes of sex, power and creme pie.

"Space the place between the copy and the copy!"--Sun Ra