LETTERS FROM AMERICA
RISK, Ron English, SABER, and TrustoCorp
June 30 - July 13, 2012
Celebrated graffiti and street artists from the US invade London for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games
Opening June 30, 2012
Outdoor installations at the London Pleasure Gardens Gate 1, North Woolwich Rd, London
Opening July 4, 2012
Gallery Exhibition at Black Rat Gallery Arch 461, 83 Rivington Street, London
Let the games begin! This summer, London celebrates the sport of art with the arrival of the United States’ most celebrated and prolific graffiti and street artists for “LETTERS FROM AMERICA.” Presented by Culver City-based Corey Helford Gallery, the project launches on June 30 with outdoor installations at the London Pleasure Gardens followed by a gallery exhibition at Shoreditch’s Black Rat Gallery on July 4.
The gateway to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, the London Pleasure Gardens is a multi-platform, cultural destination that will host site-specific outdoor installations by legendary Los Angeles graffiti writer RISK, renowned street artist and master pop surrealist painter Ron English and guerrilla art collective TrustoCorp. They will be joined by art luminaries from around the world to salute the launch of the Pleasure Gardens.
- Internationally-known for his bus installation at MoCA’s 2011 graffiti and street art survey “Art in the Streets,” RISK returns to the driver’s seat to vandalize a bus and the nose of a military bomber aircraft.
- New York artist Ron English lands in London to paint a custom billboard. He adds, “Because water was such an integral part of the docklands site, I decided to make something that relates to the surrounding environment, while at the same time being palatable to a broad spectrum of attendees.”
- TrustoCorp hits the ground to paint a largescale mural and series of signs that will be on view throughout the Pleasure Gardens.
“LETTERS FROM AMERICA” continues its UK invasion with an all-American Independence Day celebration on Wednesday, July 4 at Black Rat Gallery. The exhibition transforms the London tunnel into a bunker of America’s most wanted artists, showcasing new works from RISK, Ron English, SABER, and TrustoCorp. Gallerists Jan and Bruce Helford add, “Corey Helford Gallery is proud to be bringing U.S. artists to a UK project of this “Olympian” scale and finishing with a celebration of four of the top U.S. street and graffiti artists - RISK, Ron English, Saber and TrustoCorp - in a gallery that’s been home to some of the finest street artists in the world, Black Rat Gallery.”
The exhibition of paintings and sculptures will feature an original Bob’s Big Boy statue customized by RISK, as well as SABER’s famous flag series, which serves as a commentary about the National Healthcare System and his personal challenges with it. For the show, SABER will unveil first Union Flag piece, titled “The Flag Of The National Healthcare System.” “Quite literally, I paint for my life,” he says. “Every painting I touch, I try to envision my pieces on a travel into the future as a record of the great emotional value as well as artistic merit that can only be matched by someone living under such extreme conditions during these tumultuous times.?I only hope that after I am gone, these pieces will be hung on the walls of a different era where we as nations care more about nurturing its citizens than perpetuating the system of profit over life.”
The opening reception for “LETTERS FROM AMERICA” at the London Pleasure Gardens is free and open to the public. Outdoor installations will be on view until December 2013. The opening reception at Black Rat Gallery is private and by invitation only. All of the artists will be in attendance on opening night, and the show runs through July 18, 2012.
“LETTERS FROM AMERICA” Press Information:
London Pleasure Gardens Media Preview: Thursday, June 28, 10am - 12 noon
Black Rat Gallery Media Preview: Wednesday, July 4, 9:30am?
Please contact Angelique Groh for press credentials and interview requests: firstname.lastname@example.org /T: 213.273.6373
London Pleasure Gardens
North Woolwich Rd London E16 2BS
Black Rat Gallery
Through Cargo Garden
Arch 461, 83 Rivington Street
London EC2A 3AY