As I walked into The Status Factory on West Broadway in SoHo, who else do I see, but Ron English himself. Sadly, he was leaving and I was walking in.
Mr. English spent about a year and half preparing for the show, mostly painting in upstate New York. Well planned and visually articulated to a tee--the eye wanders from oil paintings of the cartoons we grew up with to installations pieces that merely amaze. As you walk towards what appears to be a reflection in a mirror you get closer to what you think is 2-dimensional and feel compelled to stick your hand through the illusionary glass-- to now see an enlarged diorama of neon green camouflaged deer grazing upon the turf. The holistic color scheme throughout the show is what ties it together: bright abrasive colors, that seem to harmonize with the direct lighting of the gallery and the dark, a bit more eerie, feel in the basement. Recalling the likes of Leonardo Da Vinci's Last Supper, Andy Warhol's Self Portrait , Pablo Picasso's Guernica, and Charles Schulz's Peanuts English fuses past and present: a satire of the world we live in only painted meticulously and fashioned classically.
The Status Factory
The show is up until October 29th.
382 West Broadway
New York, NY
The gallery is open daily from 11-8