One of the queens of pop-surrealism, New York City-based artist Tara McPherson, is bringing her funky-fresh brand of rock ’n’ roll cool to li’l ol’ Savannah for a one-day-only pop-up show at Sulfur Studios on March 23.
McPherson’s singular style has appeared everywhere from fine art galleries, to band posters for Beck and Modest Mouse, to covers for DC Vertigo Comics, to toys by Kidrobot. Her multi-platform influence on the so-called genre of “lowbrow art” really cannot be understated.
McPherson’s pop-up show is part of a nine-city tour that includes Nashville, Austin, New Orleans,\ and other cities around the south and will feature various versions of her art available in limited-edition prints, rock posters, screen prints, stickers, postcards, iPhone cases, pins and buttons, her board game Dreamwell, puzzles and more. The Savannah stop will also feature work by Sulfur Studios residents Holly L’osieau of The Hidden Hand, Shaun Beaudry and Matt Mikolaitis.
“The tour began with us getting a car — 10 years without one in NYC, so it was a big deal for me,” says McPherson. “We decided to drive to Austin for Flatstock at SXSW 2016 and then saw all the fun cities we could stop at along the way… and the tour was born.”
The pop-up tour is being sponsored by Threadless and Artist Shops and is organized in conjunction with Cotton Candy Machine. The art boutique in Brooklyn, N.Y., was co-founded by McPherson and specializes in limited-edition art prints, posters, apparel, books and toys of her design, as well as work from a number of other contemporary artists. McPherson says these dates will be extra special because they’ll have a number of shirts and other goodies available at each pop-up location.
“We are happy to include Savannah this year,” says McPherson. “I know SCAD is there and I have always received lots of emails from the art students. We wanted to be sure to include the stop this time so we can meet lots of art students and new friends! We have never been to Savannah before and we always love going to new places.”
The Savannah event should provide a unique opportunity to grab some groovy McPherson gear and also potentially support some local artists while you’re at it. It’s only happening for a couple of hours, so if you hesitate, you’ll likely miss it. Don’t say you weren’t warned.
IF YOU GO
What: Tara McPherson Pop-Up Tour
When: 5-7 p.m. March 23
Where: Sulfur Studios, 2301 Bull St.