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Ron English’s Ronnnie Rabbbit on West 14th Street

Ron English Corner of 14th and 9th
All Photos By Gail

On the north side of  the intersection where 14th Street crosses both 9th Avenue and Hudson Street (just across the street from the Apple Store), there’s a triangle-shaped plaza that currently appears to be under construction. For what, who can say. But the concrete barriers that border the space support a chain-link fence which is wrapped on all sides in vibrant, multi colored images of  Ronnnie Rabbbit;  the three eyed, three-eared mutant rabbit character created by Popaganda artist Ron English.

Ronnie Rabbbit

What is Ronnnie hiding? Please leave your clues in the comments!

Ronnnie Rabbbit Fence

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Zebra Cow By Ron English

Zebra Cow
All Photos By Gail

The last couple of times I passed by the Popaganda Pop Up Store on the corner of Washington and Gansevoort Streets in the meatpacking district, the shop was closed. So I’m not sure if it’s closed for good, or was just not open for business on those days. But anyway, that’s where I saw this cow.

Zebra Cow

Ron English and High Times Magazine Present: Popaganja Pop Up Cannabis Bodega!

Popaganja Brand
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If you dig the art of Ron English, and you also like to smoke weed, put down the bong for a minute and read on. English is taking his signature Popaganda brand and teaming up with High Times Magazines’ newly established Lifestyle & Apparel division to create a line of merchandise you can buy both online and at a pop up retail boutique and art gallery, opening in lower Manhattan on Tuesday, October 25th.

Popaganja Unisex Hoodie

For the pop up Cannabis Bodega, Ron English takes his signature brand-parody style and gives it a cannabis twist. Think: a KFC container that says THC, or the words Shredded Weed emblazoned on a Shredded Wheat cereal box. Oh, the cleverness.

Popganja Hoodie With Characters

And, I think I know where all of these photos were taken: Right Here!
Popaganja Clothing Fatigue Jacket
I am guessing that they will also have Ron’s art, and hilarious art toys, on sale in the store as well. Find out more about Popaganja, and (if you’re not in Manhattan and can’t make it into the shop), buy stuff online at This Link.

The Ron English x High Times Popaganja Pop Up Cannabis Bodega Will be Open From October 25th until November 8th, 2016 at The Wood Shoppe, Located at 147 Orchard Street, LES, NYC.

Popaganja Flyer

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Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Dinogrenade By Ron English

Pink Dinogrenade
Photos By Gail

Artist Ron English is now selling his Popaganda merchandise in a Pop Up storefront at the corner of 72 Gansevoort Street and Washington Street in the Meatpacking District. This collectible art toy figure of his Dinogrenade character in bright, shocking Pink sells for $70.00. Get ’em while they’re hot!

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Allouche Gallery Presents Ron English, Guernica

Rock Band Guernica
Rock Band Guernica By Ron English (All Photos By Gail)

Allouche Gallery is currently hosting the first major exhibit in their beautiful new home in the Meatpacking District — and what a way kick things off!  Guernica features the debut of eighteen new paintings by contemporary Pop and street artist, Ron English.

Mythological Guernica
Mythological Guernica

The series, which took two years to complete, references the artist’s own narrative to Pablo Picasso’s renowned Guernica, painted in 1937. English utilizes the Guernica template to relay powerful messages about the endless cycles of creation and destruction through the use of his globally recognized imagery and iconography.

Flintstones Guernica
Flintstones Guernica

It is great fun to see how English — who is a genius at manipulating pop culture icons and tropes — fluidly riffs on Guernica to include  everything from The Flintstones to Star Wars to Guitar Hero.

Star Wars Guernica
Star Wars Guernica

Ron at the Opening
Ron English Talks with Fans at Last Week’s Opening Reception

Ron was present at the opening reception, and he is always very gracious when it comes to signing and taking photos with fans.

Baby Guernica
Baby Guernica

Fat Food Guernica
Fat Food Guernica

The painting above has the names of popular fast food or fast casual restaurants stenciled just under the images.

Kill All Lies Guernica
Kill All Lies Guernica

Seconds Before Impact Guernica
Seconds Before Impact Guernica

Guernica By Ron English will be on Exhibit Through October 19th, 2016 at  Allouche Gallery, Located at 82 Gansevoort Street (Across from the Whitney Museum) in New York City’s Meatpacking District.

Monotype Snoopy Vs Simpsons Guernica
Monotype Snoopy Vs Simpsons Guernica

New Slash Album Features Artwork by Ron English

Ron English Slash Cover Artwork

World on Fire, the new album by Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, which hits stores on September 17th will feature a brightly colored, collage design by Popaganda artist, Ron English.

English previously created the cover art for Slash’s self-titled solo album released in 2010 and he has also designed limited edition, collectible art toys inspired by the former GNR Guitarist, such as this Top Hat-Adorned Bust Sculpture. Very cool!

Ron English Presents English 101 at LA’s Post No Bills

Post No Bills Gallery and Print Shop will launch its first fall solo exhibition this Thursday October 6th, with the opening reception for English 101…For Beginners and Up  by Popaganda artist, Ron English. English 101 will feature exclusive new limited edition prints and hand-finished multiples, toys, sculptures, sticker packs and more by Ron English – one of our favorite artists here at The Gig! With prices ranging from $20 to $4,000, the exhibit offers pieces for any sized budget. Ron will be available for signings at the Opening Reception, this coming Thursday, October 6, 2011 from 7:00PM to 10:00PM. I’ve met Ron a bunch of times and he is super nice and approachable.

English 101 Runs from October 6 – 30, 2011 at Post No Bills, Located at 1103 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291. Phone 310-399-2928 for Shop Hours and Further Information.

Ron English Brings Popaganda to His First Japanese Exhibit

Here’s some good news for anyone living in, or visiting, Tokyo, Japan between the dates of July 1st to 18th, 2011: Zac Pac Toys & Collectibles will be hosting Ron English’s first Japanese art show, entitled Popaganda in Japan. If you’ve ever been to one of Ron’s exhibits you know to expect something really far out and fantastic. To commemorate the show, Zac Pac teamed up with English and Medicom Toy to produce a “Grin & Bear It” Be@rbrick vinyl collectible that has 2 faces; which, from what I could decipher at various Japanese language websites, may or may not be packaged with one of English’s grinning skulls (see photos below). This limited edition toy will first be available at the Popaganda in Japan show, and then at the upcoming San Diego ComicCon at the Toy Tokyo Booth. If anyone manages to attend the show, please send back a report!





Ron English’s Popaganda in Japan will Run from July 1- 18, 2011 at Public/Image 3D Located at 1F, Department Ikejiri Building, 2-32-2, Ikejiri, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 154-0001 Japan (2 minute walk from Ikejiri Ohashi Train Station). Phone 81 50 8882 0087. Hours are Tuesday – Sunday 12 Noon – 7 PM.

Ron English Status Factory Pop Up Gallery Opens in Soho!


All Photos By Scott Beale of Laughingsquid.com Except Where Noted. Click on Any Image to Enlarge. (Image Source)

 Although Ron English is one the most prolific and recognizable pop artists in the world, he’s not really a household name to people who, unlike Geoffrey  and me, are not completely obsessed with art, or to anyone who has not seen Morgan Spurlock’s documentary, Supersize Me, for which English did all of the iconic artwork – including a squat, pudgy cheeked Ronald McDonald known as McSupersize. So, here’s a little introduction to Ron from his Wikipedia page, which I am cutting and pasting here for your edification:

Ron English is an American contemporary artist who explores popular brand imageryand advertising. His signature style employs a mash-up of high and low cultural touchstones, including comic superhero mythology and totems of art history, to create a visual language of evolution. He is also widely considered a seminal figure in the advancement of street artaway from traditional wild-style lettering and into clever statement and masterful trompe l’oeil based art. He has created illegal murals and billboards that blend stunning visuals with biting political, consumerist and surrealist statements, hijacking public space worldwide for the sake of art since the 1980s.

In a word, Ron English is rad. On Sunday, September 12th I was very lucky to be one of the first in NYC to visit his latest exhibit, Status Factory, and I can tell you it was well worth waiting in the rain for over an hour to get in. Presented by Opera Gallery, Status Factory occupies a three level retail space in Soho, where over 100 works by English have transformed the store into a surreal, pop art Fantasyland.

Offering a stimulating visual treat at every turn, you’ll see dozens of the images that English is known for, including many works inspired by his deep infatuation with Andy Warhol: the Marilyn Monroes with Mickey Mouse breasts, the camouflage Warhol mash-ups and a new series of portraits called Pubescent Artist, featuring a young boy wearing a Warhol fright wig shown in a succession of stoic poses that reveal only very subtly different facial expressions. The Pubescent Artist series was one of my favorite parts of the exhibit.

Photo Courtesy of ArrestedMotion.Com

There’s also a darkened room clogged with neon-painted, glow-in-the-dark sculptures that resembles something straight out of a head shop’s black light poster room. Status Factory also proudly displays one of English’s most recent and topical works, the Abraham Obama portrait, alongside a painting depicting a  tranquil mountain stream beside which a rainbow-striped zebra contemplates bowing its head to take a drink.

 

A few of the larger canvases include several of his reinterpretations of Picasso’s Guernica, which I found to be very clever and thought provoking. And of course, there’s always room for McSupersize himself. There is just so much to see and ponder at the Status Factory that I’d say you could visit a few times and discover something new on each visit.

I’d also like to thank Ron for giving away signed and numbered prints of his Grin image to the first 100 of us who waited in the rain to get in, and for taking extra, personal time to sign additional items for each person visiting the exhibit. He is a very friendly, gracious person. Ron English!

 

Experience the wonderful world of Ron English’s Status Factory while you can at 282 West Broadway (C Train to Canal, then walk a few blocks uptown on West Broadway). Open 12 Noon – 8 PM daily from now until October 30, 2010.