Report: “Best of the Worst” by Hanksy

Posted by The G on March 30, 2015 under Artsy Fartsy, Street Art | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.  Most art by Hanksy (see captions for details).

Hanksy - Best of the Worst

Hanksy – Best of the Worst

On March 28 and 29 2015, street artist Hanksy threw one of the most fun pop-up exhibits in recent memory.  Located at 104 Delancey Street in Manhattan, the exhibit was called “Best of the Worst,” and it was housed in a vacant building on the Lower East Side.

Mile E. Coyote by Hanksy

Mile E. Coyote by Hanksy

Whereas a lot of street artists (and I’m not going to name names otherwise we’ll be here until next week) have tasted a tiny bit of success becoming Instagram-famous, their art started to suck (even more than it already did in some cases) while their egos exploded, I think Hanksy really kicked it up a notch and took it to the next level for “Best of the Worst.”

Fake It Till You Make It

Fake It Till You Can Fake It On A Larger Scale (Various Artists)

For those who need a primer on Hanksy, I first happened upon his art on the streets of New York in 2011, where he superimposed actor Tom Hanks’ face over a rat, an image made famous by the street artist collective Banksy.  It was extremely clever and I remember being delighted each time I ran into a new piece as he mixed street art, celebrity culture and puns in a way that I’d never seen before.

Kanye Brest (sic)

Kanye Brest (sic)

I wasn’t the only one to enjoy his art, and in less than one year, Hanksy was not only showing his art in the streets but also in galleries.  Flash forward to 2015, where Hanksy obtained a vacant space in the Lower East Side and turned it into Hanksy-world.  With lines around the block to get in for the duration of the 2 day event, once inside you were treated to quite a fun little scene.

TGIF / FML

TGIF / FML

The Gag-osian Gallery

The Gag-osian Gallery

There was art, not only by Hanksy, but by a host of hot street artists (such as Handed Wave, Frank Ape, Magda Love, Clint Mario, Gilf!, Hue, CB23, Don’t Fret, Lexi Belle, Nda, Elle, Roycer, Joseph Meloy, Beau, Claw Money, Tony Depew, and Col Walnuts) in a gallery within a gallery, appropriately called the ‘Gag-osian Gallery,’ but also, a DJ spun tunes, there was a photo booth, video games, a skateboarding ramp, a balloon artist who was making balloons shaped like penises for guests, free beer and dumplings!

Hanksy - Best of the Worst

Hanksy – Best of the Worst

Approximately 20 Hanksy originals were on display and very inexpensive prints were for sale as well.

Get Rich or Nye Tryin'

Get Rich or Nye Tryin’

Drake-O Malfoy

Drake-O Malfoy

Dicki Minaj

Dicki Minaj

Doing It For the Likes

Doing It For the Likes

Because Hanksy’s identity is not disclosed to the public, he was able to wander about the gallery anonymously to enjoy seeing the fruits of his labor without being mobbed for selfies.  He told me that it took about a week to set up and once the show is over, he has just a few days to take it all down. On the final day of the show, I was filming an Instagram video of the exhibit (“for 10 likes,” I joked, and as of press time, I was not wrong) and Hanksy reminded me that his suggestion to me via Twitter inspired me to sign up for an account.  So for all of my great and not so great Instagram pix, blame Hanksy!  Follow us both, just click on the links and hit follow!

Hamuel L. Jackson

Hamuel L. Jackson

To all the street artists out there that are just taking the most recognized images of famous icons and doing little to alter the image and then claiming the work as their own, “Best of the Worst” should serve as a nice little reminder of what bringing your A-Game looks like, or in this case – your H game.  Well done, Hanksy!

Rated H for Hanksy

Rated H for Hanksy

“Critical Condition” at Jim Kempner Fine Art

Posted by The G on June 10, 2013 under Artsy Fartsy | Be the First to Comment

Photos by G.  Various Artists.

Robert Attanasio

Robert Attanasio

New York!  Head over to Jim Kempner Fine Art in New York to see “Critical Condition,” a group show featuring the work of Robert Attanasio, Gilf!, Bob Seng and Adam Taye.  The works in this show are both humorous and thought provoking.

Gilf!

Gilf!

These two works from Gilf! are super cool because they are nice to look at but when you look a little closer, they have good messages that make you think.  If you don’t click the photo to enlarge, I will tell you what each one says:  “Don’t be blinded by your own reflection” and “Our lack of vision is short sided.”  Pearls!

Bob Seng

Bob Seng

“Critical Condition” curated by Robert Attanasio, will be up until July 13, 2013, so don’t miss it!

Gilf, Robert Attanasio

Gilf, Robert Attanasio

Jim Kempner Fine Art is located at 501 West 23rd Street.

Statue of Liberty Drinks The Kool Aid

Posted by The G on September 12, 2012 under Street Art | Be the First to Comment

Photo by G.  Art by Gilf!

Statue of Liberty - Gilf

Statue of Liberty Drinking The Kool Aid by Gilf!

My guess is that the statue got the idea by watching it on Reality TV.  Either that or an app told her to do it.

Your thoughts?

 

“(Re)print” at Hendershot Gallery in New York

Posted by The G on May 24, 2012 under Artsy Fartsy, Street Art | Be the First to Comment

Photos by G. Various Artists.

ASVP

ASVP

New York!  Make sure you head over to Hendershot Gallery to see “(Re)Print,” a collection of works by some of the world’s best known street artists.  As the name suggests, many of the works in this show are extremely limited and one of a kind prints (with many at very reasonable prices too!)  Some of the arists featured in the show include ASVP, Anthony Lister, Chris Stain, Clown Soldier, Gaia, Gilf!, Icy & Sot, Imminent Disaster, Judith Supine, Know Hope, Labrona, Other, Paul Insect and many more.

Gilf!

“(Re) Print” runs until August 15, 2012 at Hendershot Gallery (located at 195 Chrystie Street) in New York.   Don’t miss it!

Paul Insect

Paul Insect

 

NYC: Save The Date – “RePrint” at Hendershot Gallery

Posted by The G on May 16, 2012 under Artsy Fartsy, Street Art | Be the First to Comment

Photo courtesy of Hendershot Gallery.

Reprint

"Reprint" at Hendershot Gallery in NYC. Opens May 23, 2012.

New York!  If you’re a lover of street art, you’re not going to want to miss this all-star exhibit.  Here are the details:

The Hendershot Gallery (located at 195 Chrystie Street) is showing “RePrint” featuring the work of Anthony Lister, ASVP, Chris Stain, Clown Soldier, Gaia, Gilf!, Icy & Sot, Imminent Disaster, Judith Supine, Know Hope, Labrona, Paul Insect, Other and many more.

The opening night reception will be May 23, 2012 from 6 – 8 pm.

See you there!

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