Opening: Ron English "Crucial Fiction" @ Opera Gallery, NYCJuxtapoz // Wednesday, 14 Nov 2012
Crucial Fiction, is the name of the new solo show of Ron English in New York City at Opera Gallery. After some delayed caused by hurricane Sandy, we finally could look closely to his new series of paintings that address a fantastical question: What might happen if a 50 year old man created what his 8-year old self wanted: a world of cowboys, indians, and a large group of very strange disposable heroes?
Well, the answer is in Crucial Fiction, where his critique to pop culture and powerful political statements signature is the adhesive in the impressive and vibrant scenarios he creates. “He coined the term POPaganda to describe his signature mash-up of high and low cultural touchstones, from superhero mythology to totems of art history.” His images speak of the time we live in, they could be read as sociological studies of consumerism and advertising or the fun dream of a kid exposed to mass media.
Ron English is considered “The Father of Street Art” and his hilarious and scary world will be on display until November 29, 2012.
All photos and text by Juxtapoz NYC correspondent Varenka Ruiz.