Friday, September 14, 2012

Mr Brainwash

One of my friends sent me on an art exhibit mission the other day to one of the most incredible exhibitions I have ever been to. Mr Brainwash - the LA based artist Thierry Guetta made his UK Debut show in London a few weeks ago. "Mr Brainwash" was first made famous by Banksy - (click on that link and you will be on that site for at least a few hours) - the famous street artist prankster and his documentary Exit through the gift shop. There are a few critics who believe things to be a little too suspicious -
But for many sceptics, that's the problem. His sudden rise to success was a little too perfect, leading to suggestions that Mr Brainwash doesn't really exist, that Guetta is nothing more than a charismatic frontman for a particularly complex gag being played on the art fraternity by notorious joker Banksy. - BBC News
Throughout the exhibition there are also some of Banksy's more "iconic" images - rats, monkeys and stencil-styled people. If you browse through the Banksy Website - you will see lots of these images which also pop up in this exhibition. Either way, Banksy or Mr Brainwash - the exhibition was awesome - fun, grungy, quirky. The exhibition is running at The Old Sorting Office in London.

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"Life is Beautiful"
Loads of iconic images and iconic people and the spoofs on the Pop Art Campbells Tomato Soup vibe.
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"If everyone thought the same, nothing would ever change"
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"Art cannot be criticized because every mistake is a new creation"

I really loved how so many of the artworks so were amazing to look at from a distance - taking it all in at once. And then if you move up close, you can see just how awesome each little centimetre is, with so many different layers and textures.
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The set up of the exhibit was also incredible - and many of the individual pieces interacted so well with each other.
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Beatles as Bandits.

Beatles as Kiss.

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High school yearbook type photograph -
filled with icons
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The man himself?
who knows.


Sarah G said...

I LOVE this! Wow, wish I could see it in "real life". :) Marilyn-Michael-Jackson = favourite.

Hannah McDonald said...

Banksy is great! you're right - when i first discovered him (sometime last year) i sat on his site for at least two hours. but it was well worth it :) this art IS remarkably Banksy-esque... but who knows? :P i just wish i could go look at it all, because this exhibition looks phenomenal! thanks for sharing it with us :)

ames said...

Im a lover of Banksy...but you get that Mr. Brainwash is completely nothing like Banksy right? Mr. Brainwash doesn't even do is own art...he hires a team of designers to do what he tells them...i guess he directs them...but he's pretty much a fraud as far as im concerned. I dont feel that he understand s art or has a real appreciation for it but is more addicted to the fame and notoriety attached to it.

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