Refresh - Miami
Robert Fontaine Gallery, located in the heart of the Wynwood Arts District, will showcase new works by London-based artist RYCA in a solo exhibition entitled “REFRESH.”
The opening reception will be held Saturday, November 9 from 5pm to 8pm during Wynwood’s Second Saturday Art Walk. The exhibit will be on view November 9 through November 23. With influences ranging from Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein to Banksy and Shepard Fairey, RYCA brings a fresh, light-hearted approach to the easily reproduced aesthetic of pop and stencil art in the digital age. Emulating the street art movement’s formula of visual equations that create jokes with political or pop references, his work focuses on Star Wars iconography, comic books, and cult sci-fi movies. In REFRESH, he’s taken classic Warhol imagery and replaced its subject with Star Wars and other movie references.
“If you think of Warhol’s whole ethos,” says RYCA, “you think, if he were still around, would he be pissed at people doing what I’m doing or would he actually think this is the product of what he did? This is the result of his actions.” RYCA’s work on display at REFRESH that veers away from the Star Wars theme includes a life-size screen print of the DeLorean time machine from Back to the Future, as well as a portrait of Sigourney Weaver in her iconic space helmet from Aliens.
“We’re excited about the exhibition,” says Robert Fontaine, gallery director. “It's something new for us. RYCA's work is an ironic spin on nostalgia as high art, as well as a laugh on the art world's elitist ideology as a narrative.” This sense of humor, which RYCA considers his trademark, extends to the show’s name as a pun for the Internet era, where F5 on the keyboard allows you to “refresh” your website. A key that comes in handy when, say, you’re bidding on hard to find Star Wars memorabilia on ebay