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The Pedigree of Pop Art
Image from curiousdukegallery.com
Is it pop art or dog art? You can make up your own mind at the Curious Duke Gallery, which is currently exhibiting to work of Swedish artist, Agnetha Sjögren. Based in London, Sjögren designs one-off dog sculptures and limited edition prints. The Pedigree of Pop Art runs until the 6th December, and features dogs donning not their usually fluffy fur, but designed vintage first edition comic books.
When asked, 'why dogs?' Sjögren replied, 'I got tired of all people telling me that their dog was nice! I am afraid of dogs and I wanted to show people what a 'nice' dog is. My dogs don't eat bark, jump, bite, drool or need to go out for a poop. They sit or stand 'nicely' all day long, you can come and go as you please without having to worry about them… Now that is a 'nice' dog!'
Each of her 'pet' sculptures has an individual name with a story behind it. For example, Angel is named after a childhood collection of bookmarks, Sjögren found in a hand made envelope, titled 'Angels, Jesus and Father Christmas', while Mr. Mouse is covered in Mickey Mouse comic strips.
As part of the exhibition, on the 5th December, things get festive with a Glögg Party. Entry is free, and will include ginger biscuits and a glass of hot Glögg (Nordic mulled wine).