- Immaterial Salon
What's the Cheapest, Bluest Way to Do It?, 2022
Edition of 1
Nothing is Trite, 2022
Edition of 1
Ginny on Frederick presents two new works by Emily Pope (b. 1990 London). This online presentation is an extension of Emily’s Positive Poster series, expanding from text-posters to longer digital scrolls formatted for Immaterial Salon. These works continue Emily’s exploration into political advertising, protest banners, viral statements and rave flyers.
« Nothing Is Trite and What’s the Cheapest, Bluest Way to Do It?, are two new and extended, Positive Posters. The ‘Positive Posters’ is a print (and now digital) project which I began in 2020. The posters have all been made in a complicated bad mood, under a conservative, pro austerity government in the UK, during and ‘after’ the pandemic, employing humour, class politics and colloquial aphorisms, and is influenced by feminist artists who have used text and print methods to critique power and labour constructs. Alternatively, they are a collection of embittered (and sometimes drunken) scrawlings, sentimental statements and half baked marxism, which can be found in my notes folder alongside ‘buy chopped tomatoes for the pasta bake’. The ego of being honest, profound and concise in relation to your own position within the world, specifically in relation to employment or marginalisation, and how this profundity, these statements, can be commodified or made viral, is something I’m very preoccupied with.« – Emily Pope
Emily Pope (b.1990) and based in London, is a visual artist working in artist moving image, printmaking, radio, creative writing and publishing. Her research explores a history of experimental contemporary broadcast media with a focus on humour and satire, feminism, political rhetoric + class politics and she is excited by alternative forms of distribution, education and challenging dominant power structures.
Emily has exhibited and performed in solo and group presentations at artist-led organisations, UK and international contemporary spaces and LGBTQI+ venues. This has included BLOC Projects, Sheffield , Vogue Fabrics, London , Peak Gallery, London , Paradise Works, Manchester , The Royal Standard, Liverpool , Serf, Leeds , VI VII, Oslo , Matthew Gallery, New York , HA HA Gallery, Southampton , Auto Italia, London , Turf Projects, London . Full CV Below.
She is the founder of the queer comedy night and community venture ‘You Can’t Blame a Girl for Trying’ (2019-ongoing) which presents performance, music and comedy at venues including Vogue Fabrics and The Horse Hospital. Between 2015-19 she produced ‘Got 2 B Radio’ with Ruth Angel Edwards, a monthly radio show on Resonance.FM which covered ‘current events’ in relation to sub and pop culture. She has made radio shows for Comet Radio, Synaptic Island, Resonance FM and Montez Press Radio. She is currently a part time lecturer and Director at Montez Press & lead
programmer for Montez Press Radio, London.