Taking inspiration from the golden age of American popular culture and the iconography of the 1950s and 60s, Mars employs a rich color palette in collage art. Often tongue-in-cheek, his signature neon Futurelics Popforms pay homage to the power of iconic branding, gripping beauty, and whimsical imagery cultivated by the urgent pressures that evolved from post-WWII to the present. Mars' optimism recalls a time when instant digital celebrity was inconceivable and people lived with the myth of uniquely untouchable icons, "Futurelics," such as Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean, Audrey Hepburn, Elvis Presley, and many others.
Robert Mars Futurelics: Past is Present is the first publication of contemporary artist Robert Mars's work, which earned comparisons with Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Richard Diebenkorn, James Rosenquist, and other pop art masters. Robert Mars's media collages explore the impact of American cultural icons from the post WWII era, drawn from vintage magazines, newspapers, and advertisements.
• Hardcover Pages: 128
• Illustrations: 85 color
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