“The FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel is excited to announce artist Bobo Yo’s “RE:appropriation” exhibit opening on Friday, March 1. “The exhibit references Bobo’s childhood heroes and contemporary anti-heroes, as well as colliding themes of youth, beauty, and fading memories.” Click here to read.
“Bobo Yo lives and works in Phoenix, AZ, USA. His production stretches from painting to street art. Bobo sees art as an ongoing process of improvisational free-play. Outsider art and Japanese cos-play combine with the influence of today’s bubbling verbal culture.” Click here to read.
Before Found:RE Hotel opened its “Trump All Over You” exhibition, which continues through Saturday, September 30, in a gallery space called the Studio, it lined a hallway with mixed-media works by Bobo Yo, including this take on Donald Trump. Click here to read.
“Arizona artists have a long history of tackling hot topics on the political landscape, such as civil rights, immigration, and reproductive rights. Here’s a look back at more than 100 artworks we spotted on the metro Phoenix arts scene during the most recent election cycle, or in the aftermath of the presidential election in 2016. They’ve all got a political or social justice twist, and most were created by Arizona artists.” Click here to read.
“Artist resistance to President Donald Trump started during his candidacy, and it’s still going strong today — with street art, gallery exhibitions, and billboard art. Here’s a look back at the year’s best Phoenix art inspired by the policies and personality of Donald Trump.” Click here to read.
“Bobo’s style is a blend of retro and pop culture. Outsider art and Japanese Cos-play combine with the influence of today’s bubbling verbal culture.
Different worlds and contexts can happen on the streets, in the urban landscape, or in nature on the edge of the desert. Curiosity and discovery drive the process — on a real hunt — for the distinction between intellect and transcendence. ” Click here to read.
“Bobo’s paintings reveal figures and objects on newspaper pages which belie a history of having been crumped, smoothed, worked on, sanded and scrubbed. Beyond the surface, the print stubbornly manages to form hints and ghosts of narrative. Most interesting is Bobo’s ability to evoke subconscious fragments of the cultural world. His paintings are distorted but familiar forms which relate to the characters that show up in solid cartoon-like forms in his compelling videos. His images evoke childhood memories of toontown while guiding us to treasure contact with the everyday world. Click here to visit.
Yo says, “Different worlds and contexts can happen on the streets, in the urban landscape, or in nature on the edge of the desert. Curiosity and discovery drive my process — on a real hunt — for the distinction between intellect and transcendence.” Merry Murphy. Click here to visit.