Ron English Uncovers "The Secret History of Kiss"

Juxtapoz // Monday, November 10, 2008
In case you haven't been by The Shooting Gallery to check out Ron English’s new oil on canvas paintings, we highly recommend doing so. Through The Secret History of Kiss, English has once again astounded with his Kiss-centric fine art masterpieces. The artist re-interprets the classic, infusing new energy into work that has stood the test of time. Reinventing well-known masterpieces with Kiss faces forces the viewer to consider politics, society, and media, using pop imagery as a metaphor to unearth deeper issues. The Secret History of Kiss will remain on display through December 6th, 2008. See more at shootinggallerysf.com

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Juxtapoz // Saturday, October 25, 2008
You may have noticed a rainbow Photoshop combination of the original Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obmma mural outside of The Shooting Gallery this past September, though it was short-lived no thanks to the urban campers of the Tenderloin. Ron English seemed to be letting us know that he’s getting hot for his solo show November 1st at The Shooting Gallery, The Secret History of Kiss. The brilliant Popagandist, Ron English, has once again astounded with his Kiss-centric fine art masterpieces. “Ron not only reinterprets the original, he breathes new life and a new vitality into the work that holds it's own against the tide of postmodern critique.” His now famous style of reinventing classical masterpieces with Kiss faces awakens attitudes about politics, society, and media. Ron English seems to have a gift in many genres of his art that use pop imagery as a metaphor to unearth deep societal and political issues. The opening reception for The Secret History of Kiss is set for Saturday November 1st, from 7-11pm at The Shooting Gallery in San Francisco. This solo exhibit will be showing through December 6th 2008 and is open to the public. More on Ron English at popaganda.com

Ron English at The Manifest Hope Gallery

Juxtapoz // Thursday, August 28, 2008
On the final day of the Democratic National Convention, we have Ron English (creator of the now iconic Abraham Obama poster image) here to share his thoughts with us on imeem on politics and his involvement with The Manifest Hope Gallery in Denver. Housed within the Andenken Gallery (2990 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205) and an additional adjacent warehouse, The Manifest Hope Gallery will only remain open through 5pm today, Thursday, August 28, 2008. Be there.  

Ron English

Juxtapoz // Friday, August 22, 2008
Looks like Ron English stopped by and got up some of his now iconographic Abraham Obama wheatpastes outside of San Francisco’s Shooting Gallery August 18 - 19, 2008. Keep it up, Mister Popaganda.

Ron English

Juxtapoz // Monday, July 14, 2008
Man, even MSNBC is talking about Ron English’s Abraham Obama. Check out the comments. Pretty amusing stuff.

Ron English Predicts the Future?

Juxtapoz // Thursday, July 10, 2008
Okay, we know you’ve probably already seen this epic billboard done by the legendary “popaganda” artist Ron English, but it has a whole new meaning in light of yesterday’s Los Angeles Times article discussing McCain’s obvious avoidance of the topic of Viagra. As we’re sure you know, Viagra has been a controversial medication since its inception because many health insurance companies will cover the cost of Viagra for men, but not the cost of birth control for women. You may not know, however, that McCain voted twice (in 2003 and 2005) against measures that would have required insurance companies to cover birth control for women. Earlier this week McCain obviously struggled with this heated topic, stating that he did not recall those votes, and later said "It's something that I had not thought much about." That’s just lovely. We always respect a politician and potential American President that doesn’t really think about the country’s important health care concerns. The long and the err… short of it, is that once again, Ron English drew some much-needed political attention a whopping two months before with this hilarious LA billboard. Keep playing with that crystal ball, Mr English.

Abraham Obama: Ron English Display & New Print

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Last Wednesday, July 2nd, our buddies at JetSet Graffiti filmed (above) the colorful display of Ron English’s Abraham Obama image at Boston’s Gallery XIV, which raised some questions about street versus fine art amongst the artsy crowd in Beantown. Later that evening, exactly 232 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, JetSet went back behind the camera to film as the ghost of Abe Lincoln asserted his presidential vote by wheatpasting English’s Abraham Obama posters all over the city. “The next morning the ‘crisis’ started as Gallery XIV began fielding tons of phone calls from concerned citizens, business owners, and even the Mayor’s office,” writes JetSet. If you can’t get enough of Ron English’s Abraham Obama poster, you’re in luck because JetSet just made prints available right here. Cop yours and assert a lil’ independence today.

Video: Ron English, Swoon, JetSet Graffiti x Santa's Ghetto

Juxtapoz // Monday, July 07, 2008
Check out this footage from Banksy’s Santa’s Ghetto Exhibition in Bethlehem. Ron English, SWOON, and JetSet Graffiti donated artwork to Santa’s Ghetto and traveled there to paint on the Apartheid Wall and work in solidarity with the elusive British artist Banksy. The effort was made to raise awareness of the horrible reality that faces the Palestinian and Israeli people on a daily basis. Using art as a catalyst for change, these brave artists ventured into a live war-zone to create their unique and distinctive form of street art and make a statement to the world about the horrors of oppression and marginalization of minorities in modern society. The exhibition raised 1 million dollars for the children of Palestine. For more information or to make a donation to the Santa’s Ghetto project, visit www.santasghetto.com

Photos: Ron English Project Colorize Billboards

Juxtapoz // Friday, July 04, 2008
As part of New York City’s Project Colorize, actors dressed in all black wore the new color wayfarers and literally stopped traffic for 20 minutes at the unveiling of the first billboard by artist Ron English, one of five to go up in NYC. Project Colorize brings art back to the streets, turning NYC into an open art gallery for the month of July. Other artists commissioned to display their unique artwork include Tara McPherson, Scott Alger, Queen Andrea, and Toofly. Peep more Ron English billboard photos this way…

Ron English Billboard

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, June 03, 2008
You know election fever has truly hit the streets when the endlessly innovative Ron English includes Presidential hopeful McCain in his own campaign: “Popaganda.” This notorious street and gallery artist is still keeping it real after years of highlighting American ironies and hypocrisies on anything from a street corner all the way up to massive Los Angeles billboards. We’re not sure how McCain or Viagra feel about this, but we can say with absolute certainty: this shit is dope.
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