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Keegan McHargue, Topical at Fredericks & Freiser

Three Fish (In the Evening), 2015
Three Fish (In the Evening), 2015 (All Photos By Gail, Click on any Image to Enlarge for Detail)

Fredericks & Freiser Gallery is currently hosting Topical, an exhibition of very fun new paintings by Keegan McHargue. In Topical, McHargue returns to the human figure, albeit broadly shaped, satirical versions. His paintings have been described as “Hairy Who meets South Park, where social commentary comes wrapped in the guise of humor,” and I can definitely understand why.

The Ick Factor, 2015
The Ick Factor, 2015

Though their expressions and gestures are generalized, McHargue defines his subjects in surprisingly specific ways. A woman’s lower torso is a single grotesque foot. A butterfly with human legs drifts in outer space. An artist paints the landscape wearing a Colonial hairdo sporting the body of a Centaur. The topographies are identifiable yet seem as intuitive as the figures. The New York-based painter’s use of childlike motifs, like a flat yellow sun appearing in the corner of the picture frame, lends his paintings a kind of innocence, despite the depravity that they sometimes contain in their weird scenes. All of these rather disparate elements  come together with some kind of strange logic in McHargue’s world.

Ex Dilecto, 2015
Ex Dilecto, 2015

In an essay on the artist, Ross Simonini writes “McHargue compresses and reduces and distills the image until it functions, like an icon, on the simplest, most unfettered visual wavelength. He thinks about the freedom inherent in minimalism while he works. It keeps his attention focused on the singularity of the idea, so that the image’s energy appears to emerge from a point somewhere deep within itself and ripple outward into a sea of visual ideas, each one nestled into its neighbor, like a liquid puzzle. The feeling of looking is not dissimilar from seeing ancient Islamic and Hindu art, where narrative and space and subject flow into a single current.”

Day One, 2015
Day One, 2015

Keegan McHargue’s Topical will be on Exhibit Through October 10th, 2015, at Fredericks & Freiser Gallery, Located at 536 West 24th Street in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Video Clip of The Week: Romero, “Take The Potion”



Stoner-metal riff monsters, Romero, have revealed their tongue-in-cheek new video for the title track from their recent album, Take The Potion. I’ve never really played video games but I can certainly appreciate this hilarious and spot on parody of the 1980’s NintendoLegend Of Zelda 8-bit video games. This video is a combination of classic 8-bit in an almost stop-motion style that is animated frame-by-frame — similar to the process originally used by South Park, which can be very tedious and time consuming!

The funniest thing is that this video made me recall a one-off band called The Advantage that, in 2006, made a record of covers of Nintendo Game Theme Songs. So genius.

Coincidentally, the video for “Take The Potion” was directed by Aaron Romero (no relation to anyone in the band, as none of them are named Romero), who has recently directed videos for Wolf Bites Boy, Iron Reagan, Rebel Flesh, The Renfields, and Ratbatspider. “Take The Potion” is a kick to watch and it’s refreshing to find a heavy band that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Visit Romero on the web and download their music at Romero is Loud Dot Com. Enjoy!

Romero Take the Potion CD Cover
Romero Take the Potion CD Cover

Clutter Media Group Announces the Launch of Ron English’s Re-Branded Popaganda Website

Ron English Popaganda Icons

Clutter Media Group launches a new online experience as they join forces with internationally famed artist Ron English. One of the most prolific and recognizable artists alive today, Ron English’s rebranded website – www.popaganda.com – features a full art gallery, up to date news and a full service webstore with exclusive signed merchandise designed by the artist.

POPaganda is the ultimate online destination for Ron English’s rabid fans, collectors and admirers. On Thursday June 28, 2012 POPaganda is releasing a brand new color variant of FAT TONY, English’s satirical jab at over-sugared breakfast cereal and US corporations’ complicity in the obesity epidemic plaguing American children.

Ron English Fat Tony Banner
“Fat Tony”

Ron English is known the world over for consistently creating art with a message and has bombed the global landscape with unforgettable images. He has coined the term POPaganda to describe his signature mash-up of high and low cultural touchstones, from superhero mythology to totems of art history, populated with his vast and constantly growing arsenal of original characters, including MC Supersized, the obese fast-food mascot featured in the hit movie Supersize Me, and Abraham Obama, the fusion of America’s 16th and 44th Presidents, an image widely discussed in the media as directly impacting the 2008 election. Recently, Ron English has created art in partnership with South Park, pop star Chris Brown, and has even been featured on an episode of The Simpsons.

“We’re honored to be working with such an amazingly talented artist like Ron English,” says Miranda O’Brien, Founder of Clutter. “Working on Popaganda.com is a key part of our mission: providing artists with direct access to their public on a whole new level.” As the creators of the Designer Toy Awards, Clutter is a power influencer, a conduit to one of the key trendsetting subcultures in contemporary pop culture. Designer vinyl toys are quickly becoming a trending international art form, attracting a fan base that spans a convergence of demographics – from sneaker pimps to high art collectors to music fans and fringe enthusiasts.

To keep up-to-date on new information and news, please visit Clutter Magazine Dot Com.

RIP Isaac Hayes

Isaac Hayes

Wow, this is a blow. Isaac Hayes the pioneering singer, composer and musician whose relentless “Theme From Shaft” won both Academy and Grammy awards, passed away suddenly today at his home in Memphis. He was 65.

Chef

RIP Chef

Create Your Own South Park Character!

South Park Gail
South Park Gail!

My amazing pal Randy from Sony/Legacy Records, who is always sending me emails full of crazy stuff, sent me this link the other day, to a website where you can Create Your Own South Park Character.

I made a little South Park version of me (though they did not have an option for pink hair)! Anyway, this a really fun way to waste some time in the office or at home when you should be doing something much more productive.