David Kirkpatrick

July 9, 2008

Great bit of Obama-inspired art by Ron English

Filed under: Arts, et.al., Media, Politics — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 3:55 pm

Check out this Boston Globe story on a commissioned mural created by artist Ron English.

From the link:

The mural by artist Ron English on Harrison Avenue features composite portraits of Barack Obama and Abraham Lincoln, their faces melded in a rainbow of colors.The mural by artist Ron English on Harrison Avenue features composite portraits of Barack Obama and Abraham Lincoln, their faces melded in a rainbow of colors. (Globe Staff Photo / David L. Ryan)
By John C. Drake
Globe Staff / July 8, 2008

The owners of a small South End gallery say they had the best of intentions when they commissioned a famous and often mischievous street artist to install a massive political mural on a construction wall lining one of the artiest strips of the South End.

The mural, 13 feet high and nearly a block long, features multiple composite portraits of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and Abraham Lincoln, their faces melded together in a rainbow of colors. It is meant, the gallery said, to inspire dialogue.

That it did. The morning after artist Ron English and his band of volunteers finished the mural, “Abraham Obama,” it stirred a tempest in this insular arts community, though it had nothing to do with Lincoln, Obama or English himself.

I’m a fan and friend of Ron’s (blogged about a documentary on him here). He’s fun and subversive. If you’re not familiar with his work. Especially his “Kiss Kids” series and the supersized Ronald McDonald.

(Hat tip: the Daily Dish)

2 Comments »

  1. […] And the song is a corollary to Ron’s commissioned mural in Boston. Hit this link for my blog on that project. […]

    Pingback by Friday video — Ron English and the Sutcliffes’ “Abraham/Obama” « David Kirkpatrick — August 15, 2008 @ 1:07 am

  2. Wonderful. Saw the poster at Larkin and Myrtle Streets in San Francisco.

    Comment by Michael Zonta — August 21, 2008 @ 12:00 pm


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