Mojo Voodoo & Heavy Metal Muzick: Ron English Brings Some Pop to New Orleans
Red Truck Gallery is proud to present Mojo Voodoo / Heavy Metal Muzick, a solo exhibition with Ron English. The opening reception is Friday, May 24th from 7 to 10 pm, with an aftershow party at the Red Truck Clubhouse from 10 to 4 am. In addition to new original works, Red Truck will host a Popaganda Pop Up Shop stocked with a limited quantity of exclusive toys, prints, and merchandise. The show closes on June 17, 2019.
Known as “The Godfather of Street Art”, Ron English is a prolifically skilled oil painter who has bombarded the global landscape with unforgettable images on the street, in museums, in movies, in books, and on television. He is considered to be one of the more skilled renderers of his generation.
Two of Ron English's most well-known characters are MC Supersized, an obese fast-food mascot that was featured in the hit movie Supersize Me, and Abraham Obama, a fusion of America's 16th and 44th Presidents, which is widely discussed in the media as directly impacting the 2008 election. Other characters include three-eyed rabbits, raunchy cowgirls, and grinning skulls, all of which contribute to the blend of stunning visuals and the bitingly humorous undertones of America’s premier Pop Iconoclast.
Ron English is also known for using the guerrilla method of communication known as “Culture Jamming”, which involves modifying or hijacking advertising billboards to foster progressive change in society. Ron English often posts his own hand-painted designs over existing ads to subvert their message.
He frequently re-works such images as The Last Supper, Starry Night, and Picasso's Guernica and, in 1980, English exhibited Grade School Guernica at the Station Museum of Contemporary Art in Houston. The painting depicts the scene acted out by his children from the point of view of a bomber airplane.
In 2005, Ron English began creating designer toy versions of his iconic creatures and has been producing these collectibles ever since. Ron English has become a leading member of the designer vinyl toy movement, producing over 50 different designer toys since his first in 2005. In 2012, his reputation as one of the most important street artists of all time was cemented when appeared as himself on The Simpsons. In the episode titled "Exit Through the Kwik-E Mart", English played Bart's graffiti mentor alongside other street art royalty including Shepard Fairey, Kenny Scharf, and Robbie Conal.