Dec 20, 2010
Designer and street artist Ray Noland, famed for spray painting images of Barack Obama and Rod Blagojevich on Chicago streets and underpasses, pairs with the Chicago Urban Art Society (CUAS) to present “Pork & Politics,” a group show in one of the Chicago Loop Alliance’s pop-up galleries. Visitors to the space are engulfed in a branded, commercial environment; Noland painted the walls yellow, red and blue, installed a yellow- and red-striped awning, and placed a red hotdog cart with yellow lettering in the center of the room. Read More Here.
Pork & Politics: Stuff It! Chicago Style
Artist Ray Noland
23 E. Madison St. (between Wabash & State)
*Satellite Pop-up walk-by located at: 29 W. Randolph St.
December 3rd, 2010, 5PM - 10PM
Show runs til December 31st
Guest artists including… Hebru Brantley, Peter Cuba, Dan Lacey, Don’t Fret, Julia Haw, SOLO, Lashun F. Tines, TNOP & Tom Torluemke
The Chicago Urban Art Society Presents:
Ray Noland aka CRO
Pop-Up Space: 29 West Randolph Street (Block 37)
Juan Angel Chavez
Pop-Up Space: 28 South Wabash Street
[Keep an eye out for uploaded images and video…and if you like, swing by the spots this week, we will be installing!]
In Sweet Tea, Ray Noland reminds us once again that overtly political art can still be fresh and vigorous, not to mention very funny. After the street artist’s successful “GoTell Mama!” Obama campaign cycle and the hilarious “Run Blago Run” series of Blagojevich jogging, Noland has found a new sea of rich material in local and national politics, from Daley in riot gear to the Tea Party and, of course, more Blago. Noland calls the stencil-based show a depiction of the “heroes and villains of society,” and it does resemble a Marvel comic of sociopolitical commentary, and pop art, at its finest.
Monica Westin, Flavorpill Chicago
Hyatt Regency Chicago: What do you think about The Chicago Urban Art Society as a venue.
Ray Noland: Lauren Pacheco and Peter Kepha have a great thing going on at The Chicago Urban Art Society (CUAS). First off the space is gorgeous. Second, they have a strong commitment to Art and artists and the cultural community at large. In addition to gallery exhibitions they also host festivals of all sorts, record swops, screen-printing workshops, art classes, etc.
Hyatt Regency Chicago: What are your favorite pieces from the Sweet Tea & American Values Exhibition?
Ray Noland: That’s like asking a parent who’s your favorite child. All the works are expressions of my thoughts. Some of the work is more successful than others but I still cherish them all. I do enjoy, “Daley Riot”, “The Oath Keeper’s”, and Lil John Wayne’s “All American Grillz.”