Agit Popaganda

Ron English's Seasons In Supurbia, opening this week at Corey Helford Gallery, caps off a weeks-long stay in L.A. for this undisputed master of Pop Surrealism, founder of the provocative POPaganda art movement, and inspiration to street interventionists and skeptical capitalists everywhere. Rocking the printed matter at progressive Venice shop Post No Bills, as well as various outdoor-wall projects around town, his California dreaming culminates with a fresh exhibition focusing on his serious skills at the easel. Amid the glorious, smart, cheeky onslaught of his ubiquitous manipulation of advertising strategies, ambitious billboard and mural projects around the globe, and his books, merch, and Pearl Jam poster empire, it can sometimes be easy to forget that the man is an accomplished painter in the studio. For this series, English revisits a familiar extended family of characters -- sexy, thorny little monsters amid militarized suburban landscapes -- rendered in his trademark saturated, slightly sickly palette and exaggerated hyper-realist style. By combining his pun-intensive wit, political intelligence, and social commentary with a measured, almost classical approach to depiction, English accomplishes his perennial goal of waking people up to the seriously fucked up situation of society, this time by means of richly detailed and subtle, expansive fantasy narratives you can't find on a billboard. Corey Helford Gallery, 8522 Washington Blvd., Culver City. opening reception Sat., Nov. 19, 7-10 p.m.; exhibit runs Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m., thru Dec. 10; free. 310.-287.2340.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Nov. 19. Continues through Dec. 10, 2011


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