Margarita Korol

Art Director, Margarita Korol Urban Pop Artist
New York, NY, United States

About Margarita

Bio

Margarita Korol is an urban pop artist and designer in New York City producing public and commissioned artwork, musician promotion, print and web design services. Her work is characterized by pop art and culture elements.

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 featured a series of propaganda posters (printed by Bluecanvas) on the Coney Island/ Brighton Beach Boardwalk and in the New York Aquarium for the group show ArtOnBrighton in October 2011. 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.
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Korol is art director at NYC's Jewcy and Vol.1 Brooklyn magazines, as well as contributing editor at the Los Angeles-based printed Bluecanvas Magazine, and social media manager and designer at Nextbook and Tablet Magazine. Her freelance illustrations appear in these as well as other publications.

Languages

English, French, Russian

An idea worth spreading

I do not believe "people are stupid" as one can hear lamented publically. Rather, it's probably a laziness that takes over and creates an inertia that is hard for good ideas to get through. A little conscious proactivity goes a long way!

I'm passionate about

Urban Pop Artist advocating for citizens in political systems more loyal to the system itself than to the people. Use critical thought and political stimulus to fight corruption and mediocrity

Talk to me about

Pop and surreal art, C-SPAN, social change through the arts

People don't know I'm good at

Karaoke (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGdYUGXdibI)

Comments & conversations

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Margarita Korol
Posted over 3 years ago
What is the importance of building transparency in news media, and what would like to see? Any risks?
Born the week of Chernobyl in Ukraine, I focus my work as an artist on the relationship of political systems to their citizens, especially at moments where the system may choose its own well being over that of the people. When the 1986 explosion occured, the media was not allowed to mention it! The lag in communication from the top to the citizens cost many their lives, and even more their health. That Glasnost (Transparency) was officially implemented soon after when journalists could transparently report on the government was arguably the hair that broke Gorbachov's back and led to the fall of a totalitarian system. In the midst of modern-day nuclear meltdowns, Wikileaks, and ongoing threats of budget cuts to public broadcasting, systematic loyalty to the system over the individual is not a thing of the Soviet past. The media ideally acts as an ergonomic bridge in communication between the two, and hopefully the future holds many, many media outlets from which to choose. (Pro-transparency art from a propaganda series commemorating the 25th anniversary of Chernobyl: http://www.urbanpopartist.com/whatup/2011/3/14/the-transparency-projects-25th-anniversary-of-chernobyl-at-k.html)