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Victor Cicansky
"Funk Art"
Victor Cicansky | The Pink Pantry
Run Time: 2:38 | File size: 4.37 MB

The Pink Pantry by Victor Cicansky at first glance to many viewers would be considered a pop image. Pop, the predominant art form of the 60s, shares many of the qualities that are associated with funk but there is a distinct difference, and while the bright colours and the subject matter make one think that this might be a pop image, it really is a funk image, and I think the easiest way to distinguish the difference between pop and funk are the terms that were so popular at the time of “hot” and “cool.” Pop art was always cool art. Pop art was about the artist distancing himself from the subject matter and the work of art. The pop image is always mechanical in nature and has removed the traces of the artist’s work using methods such as silk screen, commercial printing, and even having others do the work to remove the artists personal touch from the work. Funk is very much about the personal touch of the artist, the eccentric and idiosyncratic bits and pieces and immediate viewers dialogue with the work. The work is always a visceral experience. The viewer is always brought into the work immediately with some recognition and one notices with a moments glance at the subtle touches of ironic humour that are generally missing in the pop image. Here, we will look at this and we have these wonderful purple and pinks of the period. At the same time, we have these wonderful books and you will notice right in the centre, dead centre, there is a book filled with vegetables – vegetables which have been picked, vegetables which are in the process of rotting, and of course, that book is titled Compost. Also, that one little ironic touch here, that the top of the Compost book has Vic Cicansky’s declaration of his nationality – the two red maple leafs – a personal autobiographical touch which one would never find in a pop work of art. The work is visceral, it is immediate, it tells the artists viewpoint, the artist is apparent in the handling of the work – each one of these qualities make this a hot piece as opposed to the cool, detached world of Andy Warhol.

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