Behind the Scenes of York's Pop-Art Explosion

22nd July 2016

Myth America: Pop Art from Horace Panter, Mat Lazenby, and Gary Brown from AccordingtoMcGee on Vimeo.

5 Boroughs - Part of a series by Mat Lazenby

5 Boroughs - Part of a series by Mat Lazenby

Pop Art exhibition ‘Myth America’ continues to hold court at York’s contemporary gallery, According to McGee, opposite Clifford’s Tower. The show, featuring the work of rock star Horace Panter (The Specials) and York’s Mat Lazenby and Gary Brown of Lazenby Brown, is a crisply executed homage to American visual culture. The concept has proved to be a fertile one, with all three artists producing outstanding work, and browsers and collectors alike from all over the UK coming to York especially to peruse and purchase.

Private Views at According to McGee are the stuff of York legend, and the opening night of ‘Myth America’ was duly packed with excited collectors. It was important to gallery directors Ails and Greg McGee that this one off event was captured with a quirky confidence.

"Wolfmother Films was the outfit for this job. Their open-minded, witty and stylish approach to filmmaking matched the exhibition well, the ethos was "a conceptual collaboration, and the idea of Myth America is a priority, but you’re at the helm. Get the film and make the directorial decisions. And we’re delighted with the film, it’s an impressionistic snapshot."

The video, released for the first time here, is a 60 second celebration of ‘Myth America’, rendered in suitably butterscotch nostalgia. York’s cultural scene has just got a whole lot fizzier.

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