ABOUT Urban Pop Art Projects
UPAP (yə-pɒp) is a studio producing art and design in New York City and Chicago for nonprofits, magazines, blogs, publishers, record labels, musicians, and cities internationally. Urban Pop Art Projects also consists of a publishing arm, musical and journalistic projects, and a soon-to-be-launched Urban Pop Artist Hub. Learn more about NEW Urban Pop Art Books.
ABOUT the Urban Pop Art Genre
The urban pop art genre is characterized by vibrancy, urbanity, funk and the politically/ propogandistically/ internationally profound in a palimpsest form via the media of fine and public art, print and online media, music, and culture.
The aim of UPA is to advocate for citizens in political systems more loyal to the system itself than to the people. Urban pop art is a movement of humanitarian artists through widespread media promoting critical thought and political stimulus that fight corruption, mediocrity, and human rights infringements.
ABOUT MARGARITA KOROL
Margarita Korol is the Founder and Artist President at Urban Pop Art Projects. She functions as an internationally exhibiting artist, publisher of Urban Pop Art Books, graphic designer, promoter, and writer. She is headquartered in both Chicago and New York City.
Born the week of Chernobyl in Ukraine to refuseniks, Korol’s focus on empowering individuals in disadvantaged struggles against their political systems is an ongoing theme in her work. Her most recent exhibit for Brooklyn's ArtOnBrighton exhibition on the Coney Island/ Brighton Beach boardwalk featured a series of propaganda posters directed to the area's SovJew immigrant community in Korol's generation. Previously, Propaglasnost: The Transparency Projects series was on view at NYC's KGB Bar May and June 2011. Meanwhile, her Berlin Wall installation Die Mauer is housed at Chicago's DANK-Haus German Cultural Center.
July 2012 Spoils of War: Project dedicated to the artist's refusenik family, especially her mother who escaped the Soviet Union as a lone refugee with her daughter in 89. With funding from COJECO's Blueprint Fellowship, partnered with UJA Federations, Spoils of War is a multimedia project consisting of poetry, poster, and music video components. Released in early 2013 for the 25th anniversary of the immigration.
October 2011 ArtOnBrighton Exhibit featuring a series of propaganda posters papered on the Coney Island/ Brighton Beach boardwalk and inside the New York City Aquarium.
May 2011 Propaglasnost!: The Transparency Project: Exhibition commemorating the 25th anniversary of Chernobyl promoting active democracy and transparency as tools that empower individuals within their political systems. On display at NYC's KGB Bar through June 2011. Read more about Propaglasnost!
2011 Pop Commissions: Public art means making art accessible to the public. For a limited time, patrons of the arts had the opportunity to commission a piece of real Urban Pop Art for a steal.
2009 Die, Mauer: Installation commemorating the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Installation is currently housed by Chicago's Dankhaus German Cultural Center.
2007 Immigrating City: Exhibit putting Chicago in the limelight along with many of its notable icons: The El, Lake Michigan, diversity, urban immigrants, and biking culture.