Monday, January 21, 2008

Artist of the week-Ron English

One aspect of his work involves 'liberating' commercial billboards with his own messages. Frequent targets of his work include Joe Camel, McDonalds, and Mickey Mouse. Ron English can be considered the "celebrated prankster father of agit-pop", who wrangles carefully created corporate iconographies so that they are turned upside down, and are used against the very corporation they are meant to represent. Ron English has also painted several album covers including The Dandy Warhols album cover "Welcome to the Monkey House". Some of his paintings are also used in Morgan Spurlock's documentary Super Size Me.

Songs In English is the world's first blog-as-you-go recording project. It is based on the lyrics of World Renowned Ron English and Brooklyn songwriter Jack Medicine. The project is being arranged and produced by the high energy rock stylings of Velvet Rut. English has also collaborated with Daniel Johnston and Jack Medicine in the Hyperjinx Tricycle project.

I also believe I read or heard somewhere that he worked for Camel Cigarettes for a while because they liked the talent he had. He was fired after about a year because they realized all the art work he had been doing for their ads had small subliminal messages in them to try to get people to stop smoking. Because he took the job people have looked at him in two different ways. Some people think he is a sell out for taking money from a company he swore against and don't believe small subliminal messages would even out with the money he took. Others think he is a rebel/hero or whatever you would call it because although he was paid, the subliminal messages showed him doing what he could with his talents to help the cause of no smoking, and getting Camel to pay for it without them knowing. What do you think?

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