Hanksy, the Banksy-Meets-Tom Hanks Street Artist, Tells Us the Secrets to Spoofing Celebrities
|Turd on A Wire|
You could say that it's a response to street art being accepted by the general public or me subversing the subversive. But that's bullshit. I just want people to have a chuckle and laugh about it. It's not terribly thought provoking or somber or serious like a lot of street art is. It's supposed to brighten someone's day. My general message is don't take yourself too seriously.
After Exit Through the Gift Shop got an Oscar nomination and like Mr. Brainwash designed album art for Madonna, do you think street art has become mainstream?
You do run the risk of that -- how much further can it go before it jumps the shark? But there will always be people putting up work. There will always be fresh paint on walls. There will always be another name popping up on every brick surface. A backlash might happen. But there will always be that new crop of taggers and spray painters that will keep the tradition going. It's like with any movement, there's highs and lows, ebbs and flows.
What do you have planned for your one-man show?
It's the biggest space I've ever shown in. I have 25 to 30 pieces, roughly half of that is pieces I've put on the street, but there's also a lot of sculptures. I had a 15-foot, inflatable rat made with Tom Hanks' face on. I'm gonna incorporate that somehow, whether it's on top of the building or on the sidewalk. I'm big fan of the whole spectacle of openings, and not just the fine art circle jerk that most people are used to. "Let's have wine and speak in soft voices as we contemplate the art on the walls."
Will you be attending the opening reception or are you sending a decoy?
For my first show I had someone come in as a decoy. I had him wear sunglasses and a leather jacket. People would ask him questions and he would respond with quotes from Tom Hanks movies. I'll probably pop in and pop out. But that might change.