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British Pop invades at Gallery 360

William Kaizen

Derek Boshier, a British Pop artist whose work spans more than four decades, is the newest artist on dis­play at Northeastern’s Gallery 360.

The exhibit, titled “A Survey of Work,” opened in the main gallery between Ell Hall and the Curry Stu­dent Center on Sat­urday and will run through Oct. 30. William Kaizen, an assis­tant pro­fessor of art his­tory and media studies, is the show’s curator.

Pop art emerged in Britain in the mid-​​1950s and pop­u­lar­ized the prac­tice of manip­u­lating photos, objects, and adver­tise­ments à la Andy Warhol.

Boshier has worked with a range of media over the years, including books, 3-​​D objects, pho­tog­raphy, and film. His Gallery 360 exhibit fea­tures 38 pieces including acrylic paint­ings, prints, ink draw­ings, and the cover of David Bowie’s album “Lodger,” which Boshier helped design in 1979.

“You use the medium that best suits the idea,” Boshier explained. “It’s not a good idea to choose the medium first. It’s good to see what your idea is, what your con­cept is and what you need to do to express or convey that notion.”

A recep­tion with the artist was held Monday to mark the show’s opening. After­ward, Boshier screened some of his short films at the North­eastern Vis­itor Center and gave a lecture.

Boshier first attracted the art world’s atten­tion in the early 1960s as a stu­dent at the Royal Col­lege of Art in London. He has also taught for about 50 years and was a vis­iting lec­turer at UCLA’s School of Art.

This is Boshier’s first solo show in Boston as well as the first show Kaizen has curated for Gallery 360. The pair met through an event in Philadel­phia in 2011, and ever since Kaizen has been eager to work with Boshier to show­case his tal­ents, which he said deserve more credit than they’ve received.

“Derek is an artist who is under­ap­pre­ci­ated in some ways and doesn’t get the respect he is due,” said Kaizen, who is on Gallery 360’s advi­sory committee.

Kaizen noted that Boshier’s most recent works—acrylic paint­ings from 2011 that show iPhones and iPads framing cer­tain images—anchor the exhibit. From there, he strived to build rela­tion­ships between cer­tain themes— such as how readily avail­able infor­ma­tion is today and the eco­nomic dis­parity between the poor and wealthy— using Boshier’s older works.

Other pieces in the exhibit include part of Boshier’s “Extreme Makeover” col­lec­tion, for which he took an existing adver­tise­ment or pho­to­graph and com­pletely changed its context.

“My work comes from pop­ular cul­ture,” Boshier noted. “Although I do top­ical things and my work comes from cur­rent events, it doesn’t age because the same things are happening.”

This article was originally published by news@Northeastern.