DVD made for the exhibition RONNY LONG – MY LIFE ON EARTH 1991-2002 at The Horse Hospital, October/November, 2011.

Edition of 100.

My Life on Earth 

Dir: Ronny Long, 2011

Dur: 18mins

Collage film assembled from obscure footage created during childhood and adolescence.

Master of Reality

Dir: Matthew Killip, 2006

Dur: 21 mins

Documentary about Ronny Long and his obsession with wrestling, horror and Bigfoot.

5 in stock

Product Description

Born in Dallas, Texas in 1983, Ronny Long is a self-taught artist whose particular obsessions with horror, wrestling and Bigfoot have fuelled his extraordinary work. My Life on Earth 1991-2002, his debut show, brings together a selection from his huge body of drawing, painting, photography and video. At his most productive between the ages of nine and sixteen, Long’s work plays out the fantasies of his suburban adolescence in a kind of fever, exasperated by limited parental supervision and endless repeat viewings of Leonard Nimoy’s Ancient Mysteries, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Extreme Championship Wrestling.

Although Bigfoot was initially a source of fear for Long (as a child he would frequently obsess over Bigfoot roaming around his neighbourhood or finding his way into the family home), the creature has fuelled much of his work. From childhood doodles and drawings of Sasquatch through to his most recent cycle of Bigfoot paintings, the idea of a human-like creature existing somewhere outside of society, unknown, unseen and untamed, has proved integral to Long’s vision.

The spectacle of pro-wrestling also captured Long’s imagination at an early age, and between the ages of six and twelve he created hundreds of drawings of wrestlers and wrestling matches. My Life on Earth 1991-2002 also includes extensive documentation of Texas Back Yard Wrestling – the wrestling federation Long created and inaugurated at his 12th birthday party. Running for over two years, performed in homebuilt rings, TBW had elaborate storylines, costumes, belts and publicity material, with Long ensuring every match was documented. TBW’s cast of wrestlers included, amongst others, The Mental Moron, General Chaos, Purple Haze, The Neo-Barbarians and Ronny Terror. At its height ABC news aired footage of a TBW bout in which Long had a light bulb smashed into his head.

After the collapse of his federation due to infighting between the wrestlers, Long turned his attentions to film production. Although highly prolific – often making detailed storyboards, costumes, props, posters and trailers – Long rarely completed his films, the slow pace of production unable to keep up with his restless imagination. The list of never-completed titles includes The Nine Bottles of Hell, Escape of a Mental Moron, The Morphation, Cannibals Indigenous, The Animal Wedding and Zombie Bikers. The ephemera surrounding these various unrealized films are now the only traces of what might have been, and also form part of the exhibition.

Ronny Long continues to live and work in the suburbs of Dallas.