This installation is a reworking of Retro (Pop, Terror, Critique), Tony Cokes’s first solo exhibition (REDCAT, Los Angeles, 2012). The repurposing of existing works to this end furthers the repetition of images, sounds and texts that has been characteristic of the artist’s work since his acclaimed Black Celebration (1988), which pairs newsreel footage of uprisings by urban blacks in the 1960s with textual commentary and popular music references from the 1980s.
For many years, Cokes has been developing several strands of work: 'Pop Manifestos' (1997-present), 'The Evil Series' (2001-present) and 'Art Critique Series' (2008-present). Like sophisticated music videos, they seductively appropriate popular music and contemporary imagery. In the spirit of Barbara Kruger and her graphic manipulations, Cokes creates an altered visual and sonic dialogue that questions dominant capitalist modes of operation. Thu 24-Sat 2, 19:00-23:00, free admission, foyer Rotterdamse Schouwburg