If you’ve driven down Melrose this past week or two, you may have noticed a mural of babies and little boys bastardizing pop culture items. There is a giant, green, muscular baby entitled the “Incredible Hunk,” some Bob’s Big Boys babies that are deformed kids, a scrawny pre-teen in boxing apparel, and the face of a boy in heavy clown makeup. If it wasn’t obvious from the little boys mixed with pop culture, this is the work of artist Ron English.
We reached out to a friend who works with Ron to get the story on them and the mural was a bit of a promotion for his Post No Bills show in Venice that opened on 10.6. This also can be seen as pre-promotion for his next show, Seasons In Supurbia, at Corey Helford Gallery in mid November, a solo show for the pop surrealist that will feature eighteen new pieces.
As you can see, he covered a lot of ground with the piece. There are two sections to it: the four large comic book covers of sorts and slim panel of bills (obviously in homage to his new show). The four large covers of sorts are pretty straightforward as detailed above. It should be noted just how bright they are as they demand your focus whether you are walking, biking, or riding down Melrose. It’s worth stopping to take a closer look (which we did).
The less obvious, arguably more clever part were the bills he posted on next to the massive covers. They could pass off as authentic bills for American Express or White Castle but, if you read what they say, they’re not what they seem: they’re typical Ron English advertising fictional brands inspired by real brands that actually say what the products really. Similar to his Venice cereal display, American Express turned to American Depress and White Castle turned to the simple “Crack.” There were at least seven posted and these little posters were likely the best part.
We’re unsure how long the mural will be up but recalling other pieces that have occupied that space it should be up for a while. Be sure to swing by there when you are in the area and stop by Ron’s Venice show and upcoming Corey Helford show in November.