POP ART MIX

I was living on the top floor of a hotel in Pham Ngu Lao, Saigon, Vietnam in 2011.  Hot on the air waves at that time was the recent Navy Seal raid to 'take out' Osama Bin Laden.  I don't know why I've have mentioned this, I guess it was because the news was playing out feverishly on the radio while I was sitting in my loft room, thinking about the idea that could only be described as pop art inspired. 

You see the room had lots of windows along two sides of the room. The space was therefore filled with lashings of natural light.  I decided it made the perfect 'table top' studio. 

I decided I would mosey around the Vietnamese markets and collect things that to my mind were icons of Vietnamese culture.  Certainly the assortment of different fish sauce bottles caight my eye.  You see the Vietnamese love their fish sauce.  NƯỚC MẮM as they call it!  The bottles spurned a series I call. 'Fish Sauce is Good For you'.  A title befitting the archetype of all things propaganda poster.  Slogans that were used to spread communication, raise morale and invite patriotism.

Yes out of an impulse to do something I have never done before, that is to create something that would be part photography, part photoshop illustration. Graphic design for want of a better word. 

I wanted to create work that was the antithesis of my dark and moody street photography projects.  Where the methodolgy in creating them was a 360 degree turn around.   Instead of walking the streets to 'look for moments' I would walk the Saigon food markets to collect tofu or rice wine bottles, and then head to the flea markets to seek out old Russian comics, 60's and 70's vinyl albums.  I would bring them back to my daylight studio and play.  Set them up infront my tripod mounted camera.  Use the daylight for its soft even illumination, and I would play! 

I set out to create posters that were brimming with gaiety, that were fun, frivolous.  And of course loaded with the influences of Chinese and Vietnames propaganda posters.  An art form I adore. 

I'd like to think my 'MAKE TOFU NOT WAR' poster is a Dobson classic :-)

I hope you will like the work you see here.  I hope it piques your interest in all things Vietnam. 

PLEASE NOTE:
 
EDITION
  • Open Edition
PAPER TYPE
  • Matt Paper: Hahnemuhle PhotoRag BrightWhite 310gsm 100% Cotton acid free.
  • Semi-Gloss Paper: Pigment Ink on Hahenmuhle Photo Silk Baryta 310gsm

Pop Art Mix
RICHARD MARK DOBSON Pop Art Mix Catalogue Number: PAM-022
Make Tofu Not War
2011
Catalogue Number: PAM-023

140cm x 100cm x paper size
120cm x 80cm image size
Edition 5 + 1 AP

101.3cm x 74.1cm paper size
81.3cm x 54.1cm image size
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76cm x 56cm paper size
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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Pop Art Mix Catalogue Number: PAM-023
Crises! What Crises?
2012
Catalogue Number: PAM-024

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76cm x 56cm paper size
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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Pop Art Mix Catalogue Number: PAM-024
A Banana a Day Keeps the Doctor Away
2011
Catalogue Number: PAM-025

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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Pop Art Mix Catalogue Number: PAM-025
Khong Co Chi
2011
Catalogue Number: PAM-026

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76cm x 56cm paper size
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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Pop Art Mix Catalogue Number: PAM-026
Tiger Balm Tiger Balls
2011
Catalogue Number: PAM-027

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76cm x 56cm paper size
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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Pop Art Mix Catalogue Number: PAM-027
Kin Men Records
2012
Catalogue Number: PAM-028

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Edition 5 + 1 AP

101.3cm x 74.1cm paper size
81.3cm x 54.1cm image size
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76cm x 56cm paper size
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42cm x 32cm paper size
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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Pop Art Mix Catalogue Number: PAM-028
Van Viet Ngu Sounds
2012
Catalogue Number: PAM-029

140cm x 100cm x paper size
120cm x 80cm image size
Edition 5 + 1 AP

101.3cm x 74.1cm paper size
81.3cm x 54.1cm image size
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76cm x 56cm paper size
60cm x 40cm image size
Edition 5 + 1 AP

42cm x 32cm paper size
30cm x 20cm image size
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