November 9 – 23, 2013.
Robert Fontaine Gallery is presenting new works by London-based artist RYCA in a solo exhibition entitled “Refresh.” 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.
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.
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.
Robert Fontaine Gallery
2349 NW 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33127