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.
What is Ronnnie hiding? Please leave your clues in the comments!
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.
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.
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.
And, I think I know where all of these photos were taken: Right Here!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Jonathan LeVine Gallery’s Summer Group Show, Cluster, features work by established artists who have previously shown at the gallery, alongside emerging talent making their JLG debut. Each has been allocated space to display clusters of work, a concept that can be approached in many unique ways, and which grants each artist the opportunity to show the full range of their aesthetic.
Art by Ron English
While some have chosen to display groupings of work that are similar or create one large piece surrounded by smaller works, others interpreted the idea of “cluster” and used it as source of inspiration.
Art By Gary Taxali
Similar to an art fair, in which pieces of varying mediums and styles are shown beside each other, Cluster includes sculptures, drawings and paintings by fifteen artists who might not typically be exhibited together, including Amandine Urruty, Anton Vill, Ben Tolman, Charlie Immer, Drew Leshko, Dylan Egon, Gary Mellon, Gary Taxali, Luke O’Sullivan, Marco Mazzoni, Nicomi Nix Turner, Ron English, Sam Gibbons, Smithe One, Tran Nguyen and Troy Coulterman. Let’s check out more photos from the opening reception!
Art By Luke O’Sullivan
Luke O’Sullivan Sculpture Detail
Art By Nikomi Nix Turner
The Brotherhood By Nikomi Nix Turner
Spongebob Grin by Ron English
Snake By Amandine Urruty
The complex, surrealist drawings of Amandine Urruty are new to me. I really love the retro-creepiness of her style.
While I was in LA for Christmas, I had the chance to not only have a VIP experience at the new Broad Museum (more about that in a future post) but also got to visit the nearby new location of the Corey Helford Gallery, which just re-opened in early December! Corey Helford’s new gallery is massive — seven times larger than the original space — and boasts three separate galleries, each of which can house individual artist and group exhibitions. The main gallery, where you will find Ron English’s incredible show, NeoNature: We Are The New They, takes up 4,500 square feet, offering total immersion for attendees. And considering the size of NeoNature’s paintings and sculptures that is saying something!
Two Ton Sam with Installation View
NeoNature examines the art of evolution, the flaw that propels civilization, as the mutation of the ordinary stubbornly conjures new worlds. Ron English’s mutant creations — some a hybrid of nature and technology — are fascinating, thought provoking, and always very, very beautiful and awe-inspiring to behold.
Union Jack Tiger
We were lucky to have the entire gallery almost to ourselves on the afternoon of our visit, which made getting clear, people-free photos very easy! Yay!
I couldn’t find the name of this little guy on the CHG website, so I am calling him Little Green Sprout.
Mousemask Murphy in Airplane
All of the large sculptures are available to purchase in limited editions of 30 pieces per work.
StarSkull Walking Stick
There are two of the StarSkull Walking Stick sculptures in the gallery, which stand like silent sentries on either side of the room, and they are very imposing in size!
Flintstones Origin Story
Cathy Cowgirl – Pink
Bigfoot Family Tableau
The exhibit also includes two tableau installations, which are a bit hidden behind a wall. Fortunately, a very friendly member of the gallery staff tipped us off!
European Camo Doe and Stag Tableau
He also gave us a couple of these cool shot glasses, which were left over from the exhibit’s opening reception. Sweet!
Ron English’s NeoNature: We Are The New They will be on Exhibit only Through January 9th, 2016 at Corey Helford Gallery, Located at 571 South Anderson Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033. Get directions, and gallery hours, at This Link!
If you haven’t been to Coney Island at least once this summer, you owe it to yourself to make the trip. Most residents of Manhattan who live, say, from midtown to the east village area, can make it from the door to the shore in under 90 minutes, depending on how the trains are running. And for half the ride, the trains run above ground, so that makes it a bit more interesting of a ride as well. Even if you are not a “Beach Person” (raises hand), and the rides at Luna Park make you barf (keeps hand raised) there is so much to see and do at Coney Island that all you need to have is an adventurous spirit, and maybe some sunblock.
Art Wall By Kenny Scharf
If you are a street art lover, you will absolute want to plan a visit to see the Coney Art Walls, a public art project conceived by art dealer and curator Jeffrey Deitch, which is going to be up until Halloween. Coney Art Walls features more than 25 colorful murals created by some of the most well-known street artists in the world. We spotted many of our favorites artists including How & Nosm, Roa, Buff Monster, Kenny Scharf and Ron English, as well as a selection of artists who are still up-and-coming. It’s a great mix of talent.
Art Wall By Ron English
The walls are interspersed with re-purposed cargo containers to create a pop-up truck food village, with food sold by vendors organized by Smorgasburg. Concerts are also held in the space.
Art Wall By Sheryo
Belgian artist Roa gets two adjoining walls to create a juxtaposed Rat and Rat Skeleton.
Art Wall By Maya Hayuk
Art Wall By Shepard Fairey
Art Wall By Buff Monster
Coney Art Walls are located at 1320 Bowery Street right behind the original Nathan’s on Surf Avenue.
You only have until August 1st to see the really fun — and diverse — summer group show up now at the Joseph Gross Gallery. The exhibit features a few of our favorite artists, including Ron English, Sebastian Wahl and Joseph Grazi, plus a lot cool new stuff from artists we didn’t previously know, including: Alex Yanes, Alison Mosshart, Ben Venom, Dave White, Diane Munoz, Eric Inkala, Etai Rahmil, James Charles, Jet Martinez, Jessica Hess, John Felix Arnold III, Pam Glew, Peter Gronquist, Rune Christensen, Jessica Hess, Sergio Garcia, Christopher Schulz, Tahiti Pehrson and Ted Lincoln.
Here are a few of our favorite pieces from the show!
Glass Trumpet Sculpture
Collage pieces by Sebastian Wahl.
I love the vibrant colors and geometric shapes in this painting.
Whoever made the decision to put this one in a blue frame made the right choice.
Painting and Sculptures by Ron English.
Darth Vader’s likeness inlaid into a slab of wood. Very nice!
Shark Guns! Yes!
More Cool Stuff!
I especially enjoyed the collection of five dollar bills modified with images and sayings few various Pop Culture Icons. Above, Napoleon Dynamite.
And Malcolm McDowell as Alec from A Clockwork Orange, plus there are a bunch more.
Be sure to stop by before they take this stuff down because it is a must-see show!
The Joseph Gross Gallery is Located at 548 W 28th Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District.
Legendary street artist and social satirist Ron English’s Hulk Baby Mural has been on display at the corner of Houston and Bowery since late April, but you know sometimes we arrive a little late to the party, because so much else is going on. Because, NYC!
The selfie-friendly mural shows English’s Hulk Baby character (AKA Temper Tot) set against a patchwork American flag, featuring reproductions of the many scathing corporate/brand parodies, memes and unique characters he has introduced over the past two decades as “guerilla” billboards, paintings and collectible art toys. Here are a few of our favorites.