Forget posting your thought of the day or witty rebuttal on your personal blog, Facebook or MySpace page. Instead, why not grab a ladder, climb that nearest billboard and cover that politically charged message with one of your own? Sounds absurd? Tell that to Contemporary Pop-Surrealist artist Ron English, famous for his series of stirring images in film, street art, television and print that juxtapose aspects of American consumerism, brand imagery, and popular culture through candid artistry and a surrealist approach.
An exhibit featuring the works of Ron English, entitled “You Are Not Here” will open at the International Museum of Art & Science on Thursday. This much-anticipated exhibition will feature large-scale works including ten intense graphic images 7 feet by 7 feet and three super-sized images 11 feet by 22 feet.
Some of English’s most recognizable works are his sculptures and illustrations of an obese Ronald McDonald in the 2004 film, Super Size Me, which attacks the ethics and practices of the fast food industry. Ron English’s famous image, Abraham Obama cleverly merged President Obama’s face and a popular portrait of the 16th President, deliberately stirring up debates and controversy leading up to the 2008 elections. Many believe this dialogue played an influential role in the election’s outcome.
English’s work often carries an a-political agenda; one that forces his audience to reinterpret the “facts” prominently hoisted on billboards, explicated in novels and news articles, and represented on television and the big screen. His shrewd manipulation of digital imagery, particularly with pop culture images is a wake-up call to the tediously uninspired routine of modern-day advertising and commercial speech. Relying heavily on irony and sarcasm as methods to convey his message, Ron English has accomplished nothing less than giving the people what they want ... the truth.
For the “You Are Not Here” exhibit, English created large scale images modeled after the aesthetic of circus side show posters. The artist chose this motif to point to the fact that mass-media messaging often makes promises that are misleading; much like side show posters tend to promise the viewers an extraordinary experience. However, when one goes behind the curtain, one is often disappointed by what one actually discovers.
Join IMAS and the community on Thursday, March 31st from 6-8 p.m. for the Opening Reception of “You Are Not Here”. This reception is included in general admission and will include food and refreshments. This special evening will also include an interactive sit-down interview with Ron English, and the IMAS Executive Director Joseph Bravo.
For more information call IMAS at (956)682-1564 or visit www.imasonline.org.
or visit www.imasonline.org.
The International Museum of Art & Science is fully accredited by the American Association of Museums. The mission of the International Museum of Art & Science is to promote a deeper appreciation of the arts and sciences through exhibitions, cultural events, and educational programs; and to preserve, expand, and display its permanent art and science collections. The museum is located at the intersection of Bicentennial Way and Nolana Avenue. Monday: Closed; Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.. The first Sunday of every month provides “FREE” general admission to the public. Log onto http://www.imasonline.org for more information.