New York–based American artist Ron English (b. 1966, Dallas, TX) has been described as a “pop pervert and prankster.” Infamous for his subversive use of pirated billboards, this seminal figure in street art and the “culture-jamming” movement exploits familiar brand imagery and advertising in photorealist paintings and art actions that critique contemporary consumer culture. Past works include unauthorized murals at the Berlin Wall’s Checkpoint Charlie in 1989 and on the Palestinian separation wall in the West Bank in 2007, and the Abraham Obama project in 2008. This evening includes Pedro Carvajal’s 2005 documentary feature Propaganda: The Art and Crimes of Ron English, and a sampling of English’s recent moving image works, including the “Detroit project” from his ongoing video-posting series. After the screening, English will engage in a discussion with Paper magazine editor Carlo McCormick.
In the Film exhibition Modern Mondays
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