This past Friday, Culver City’s Corey Helford Gallery welcomed pop art iconoclast Ron English‘s Seasons In Suburbia. The event was a star studded event, bringing in both art celebrities and Hollywood celebrities alike to see his work. The show brought forth plenty of new works by English and is Helford’s first solo exhibition for the artist.
Seasons In Suburbia brought out a cast of English’s new characters to life, many of which were alluded to in his print show at Post No Bills and in his mural he did on Melrose. The affair also brought forth a string quartet inspired by English’s “Combrat” characters, which was truly an amazing site (and, actually, in true form for Helford who frequently host string quartets at openings).
English’s work is a brilliant mash-up of fine portraiture and pop art taken to an extreme level that pushes beyond “celebrity” into commentary on current culture. His work with Morgan Spurlock is the perfect example of this but, even moreso, seeing Bob’s Big Boys, ‘roided out Hulk green babies, and (white) child (clown) soldier (combrats) at the opening pushed this idea even further to a point more serious than English as ever been before. Moreover, the show saw him branching out into sculpture, which brought out some older pieces of his into three dimensions (for example, the Marilyn/Mickey Mouse below).
And, as mentioned before, the opening also brought celebrities out to the gallery. The list included many names, which included Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda, Davey Havok of AFI, Gary Baseman, Todd Schorr, Buff Monster, Dabs & Myla, Anthony Ausgang, and Chris Brown. Yes, recording artist Chris Brown. Don’t believe us? He’s in one of the photos below. The show was like an exclamation point of the sentence, “Ron English IS our pop artist!” As you can see, the opening and, surely, the entire run of the show is packed and attracts and appeals mass audiences from around town.
English’s Seasons In Suburbia is on view through the December 10. Be sure to see it!