Kevin Regan’s a visual poet and his art is a fusion of his life, including growing up in a family of Reagan Democrats, those fabled people who defined 1980s America.
Today, he makes poetic portraits out of black and white head shots of Ronald Reagan, a skull and himself. They’re hypnotic, psychedelic and almost mystical, like icons from some futuristic cult. Their visual rhythm makes them alluring but the removal of eyes from his repeating images makes them seem remote and hallucinatory.
The interview took place on Saturday, June 8, 2009, the second day of the Bushwick Open Studios weekend, at the now closed Pocket Utopia storefront on Flushing Avenue in Bushwick.
An installation by Kevin Regan at Pocket Utopia as part of the Bushwick Open Studios, used with permission from the artist
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