LIVING IN DELUSIONVILLE with Legendary Street Artist Ron English and Filmmaker Constant van Hoeven In Person!

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Showings

Cinema Arts Centre - Cinema 1 Fri, Oct 14 7:30 PM

Description

Friday, October 14th at 7:30 PM

LIVING IN DELUSIONVILLE

In Person: Legendary street artist Ron English, and filmmaker Constant van Hoeven (Mr Kaleidoscope)

Members $15 | Public $20

Known as the Godfather of Street Art, Ron English has emerged as one of the most influential and controversial artists of our time. Taking direct inspiration from the legendary Andy Warhol, English merges American iconography with art history to create social and political statements about contemporary American society. From Ronald McDonald to Mickey Mouse, no cultural icon is sacred. English plays by his own rules, creating dynamic art across the world which demands dialog and provokes action. From humble Midwestern beginnings, processing the commercial imagery of pop culture into a darker, funnier universe he calls Delusionville, English has pranked and pummeled his way into prominence, influencing generations of artists and laying the groundwork for the explosion of Street Art. Constant van Hoeven’s new documentary offers insight into the iconic and pioneering artist behind the genesis of street art and the creator of the ‘Popaganda’ art form. Combining archival footage, animation and interviews with participants who offer intimate insight into the mercurial artist. The documentary takes the viewer through English’s unique universe and the world he has created. Living in Delusionville explores the impact of corporate messaging through art and its necessary antidote: noncommercial thought-provoking public art. Through the lens of Ron English, raised on consumerist iconography, whose visual language became the twisted and truthful distillation of pop detritus, the film offers an engaging roadmap to critical thinking, guided by the jolt and delight of art in the street. Welcome to Delusionville. (US, 2022, 75 min. | Dir. Constant van Hoeven)

One of the most prolific and recognizable artists alive today, New York-based painter, street artist and designer Ron English has bombed the global landscape with unforgettable images across all categories of culture, history and art. As a fine art painter enjoying gallery and museum representation worldwide, Mr. English is well-known for his stunning oil technique and inventive use of color. Widely considered the Godfather of Street Art, he has created murals and billboards across the globe that blend dazzling visuals with biting political, consumerist and surrealist statements. Mr. English has also been on the vanguard of the booming vinyl art figure movement, releasing hundreds of unique and highly coveted collectibles that continue to fetch healthy aftermarket prices. Publications featuring Mr. English include The New York TimesWall Street JournalUSA TodayMiami HeraldWashington PostLos Angeles TimesLA WeeklyArt NewsTime MagazineRolling StoneCreemJuxtapoz MagazineHi FructoseMad Magazine and many others. His motion picture/television appearances include Exit through the Gift ShopSupersize MeThe SimpsonsWork of ArtStreet Art ThrowdownCNNBBCSky TV, and many others.

Constant van Hoeven (Mr Kaleidoscope) was born in a small village in the Netherlands. His father took him to the movies every week when growing up. He was mesmerized by the blockbusters of the eighties in which Spielberg and Lucas had created worlds that would swoop you off your feet and take you for a ride into worlds beyond imagination. As a teenager the independent cinema took a foothold and Constant started experimenting with cameras. Even though Danish avant-garde filmmaking became a trend, Constant believed in the power of imagination and rebelled against the rebellion.  After traveling and exploring the world, he made his first short film, a science fiction film called WHITE. A rendition of Lucas’ THX 1138, in which the population all dress in white, live in a white city and are oppressed by a white police state. With a budget of $250 he got together 50 extras all dressed in white coveralls donated by a local business and shot on tapes donated by the local electronics store. This short got him accepted into the Netherlands Film Academy. At this prestigious film school, he gained the reputation of making more with less, an attitude he learned to embrace. Constant’s films have been screened and won awards at film festivals around the world. For more of Mr Kaleidoscope’s work visit www.mrkaleidoscope.com.

LIVING IN DELUSIONVILLE (2022)

LIVING IN DELUSIONVILLE (2022)

LIVING IN DELUSIONVILLE (2022)