Post by Corey Helford on Jun 23, 2012 5:58:52 GMT -8
RISK, Ron English, SABER and TrustoCorp are in London working on outdoor installations at The London Pleasure Gardens. The gateway to the 2012 Summer Olympic games, The London Pleasure Gardens will be a multi-platform, cultural destination.
All of the artists will be in attendance at the Corey Helford Gallery Exhibit, "Letters From America" at Black Rat Projects on July 4th.
More images and info on The London Pleasure Gardens and the exhibit coming soon!
“My name is Saber and I am an artist from Los Angeles. I have been painting Graffiti/Street Art for over two decades. Along my path I have navigated through success and challenges that has helped defined the artist I am today. One of these defining characteristics is that I am an artist who suffers from Epilepsy with no access to comprehensive healthcare. Currently my largest obstacle is living in a country that has a broken healthcare system. I am one of the 50 million Americans that have been denied health insurance due to pre-existing condition clause that dominates the privatized healthcare system. I also make too much money to qualify for government-sponsored programs. With the stress of maintaining my epilepsy with no healthcare coverage I channeled my frustrations into inspiration by painting representations of the American Flag. These abstract flags became an important series for me because I painted them from my heart during a time when I was left to die in the country that I love so much. Because of the inflammatory nature of nationalism I was attacked by so called patriots in the media sphere for desecrating the American Flag. This only amplified my cause to speak up for healthcare reform as it directly affects my well-being and longevity as an artist.
Quite literally, I paint for my life. Every painting I touch I try to envision the 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 it’s citizens then perpetuating the system of profit over life.
I am coming to warn the great people of the UK about the future disaster that can be avoided. The current trends coming from certain political parties are hell bent on the idea of dismantling the NHS and replacing it with an American style model. This has inspired me to paint my first Union Flag that is titled “The Flag Of The National Healthcare System”. This piece is created in honor of the United Kingdom’s approach to caring for it’s people by demanding access to comprehensive healthcare to all as well as helps me connect with my interesting genealogical lineage. This painted Union Flag is covered in four types of gold leaf as a way to signify how precious the NHS is to those who need her most. I realize every system has its glitches but the privatized healthcare system alternative will leave you bankrupt and homeless. Just wait until your grandmum is diagnosed with cancer and the health insurance companies deny her the life saving treatment. The guaranty of a privatized healthcare system is that when you need it most, they toss you out into the cold and then send in the wolves to collect your pension. It is up to every citizen to stand up for the right to a healthy existence without the hurdles and red tape the insurance company middle man establishes between your well being and your doctor to save a buck just to please their shareholders. There is no room for empathy when there is only a motive for profit. Can you put a price tag on your health?”
Post by Corey Helford on Jul 2, 2012 13:07:58 GMT -8
We brought Ron English, TrustoCorp and RISK over to London a couple weeks ago and they have been busy working on the site of the London Pleasure Gardens. The Pleasure Garden's opened to the public on June 30th and will be one of the gateways to the Olympics this summer. It's a massive project! The American street and Graffiti artists were the first artists to work on the site. Very cool!
Here's some pics of the guys working on the site:
RISK tagging his double decker bus
TrustoCorp wall in progress
Ron English working on his 20' x 10' billboard
Ron English with his airplane nose cone.
Ron English's over 100' long wall with comment bubbles