David Kirkpatrick

August 15, 2008

Friday video — Ron English and the Sutcliffes’ “Abraham/Obama”

Filed under: Arts, et.al., Media, Politics — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 1:05 am

Received mail from a friend who’s a member of the Sutcliffes with a link to this new collaboration between the band and pop artist Ron English (I’ve blogged about Ron more than once, here’s one link)

“Abraham/Obama” is:

Ron English…..lyrics
The Sutcliffes…music

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

Before we get to the music, my friend did leave a few instructions:

Follow these simple steps:
1. Watch over and over
2. Rate 5 stars
3. Forward link to everyone you know
4. Bill Gates will send you a million dollars

Cheers,
Reverend Brando

So there you go … listen to the Rev and follow those five simple steps. Er, Rev, isn’t it in step three where you’re supposed to profit?

At any rate, do enjoy this collaboration of artistic talent.

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)

June 29, 2008

POPaganda on public television

Filed under: Arts, et.al., Media — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 2:02 pm

I’m not going to tell you how to vote, but I would heavily suggest hitting this link and voting for POPaganda.

I’m sure the other two films are wonderful, but my loyalties lie with Ron and his amazing artwork.

From the link:

  POPaganda: The Art & Subversion
 
Director: Pedro Carvajal
A profile of the artist and activist Ron English who dares to hijack corporate advertising by using familiar words and images to create confrontational art with a message.