|photo by Nanette Gonzales|
|Mr. Brainwash's "Art Show 2011"|
Update: Show has been extended, and will be open one more day, on Jan. 8. Doors open at 2 p.m. Location is 960 N. La Brea Ave.
At "Art Show 2011," equivocal street artist Mr. Brainwash's 80,000 square-foot feat, Mr. Brainwash sat at a table in a driveway outside the La Brea warehouse he'd acquired for the show, meeting fans, signing posters and signing stuffed animals. There were more stuffed animals in line than posters, actually, and people walking through the multi-story building carried dolls and animals as well.
A woman in heels held a life-size Raggedy Anne look-alike by the neck, a tall man in dress pants held a stuffed Elmo doll, a guy in a hoody had Buzz Lightyear and three or four others in his backpack. The dolls and animals had all come from the top floor, where a big pile of them filled a corner with the words "Take One" sprayed painted above. The rest of the room had messages about love sprayed on its walls -- love is forever, respect others, follow your heart.
Since Thierry Guetta turned into Mr. Brainwash, hosted his first L.A. mega-show, "Life is Beautiful," in 2008 and became the protagonist/antagonist of Banksy's Oscar-nominated documentary "Exit Through the Gift Shop," too much attention has been on whether Mr. Brainwash is even real. Could his whole "career" be an elaborate hoax, perpetrated by Banksy, to question what art is and expose taste as gullibility?More »