2011 was very kind to Thierry Guetta a.k.a. Mr. Brainwash (MBW). Starting the year with an Academy Award nomination for “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” which catapulted him from obscurity. He contributed artwork this summer for the release of Red Hot Chili Pepper’s newest album. In October (with some minor controversy) he opened at the Opera Gallery in London. MBW concluded this golden year of his by opening a street art show simply titled Art Show 2011.
Located on the corner of Santa Monica Blvd. and La Brea in an abandoned warehouse, the show’s opening had a long line of fans wrapping around the block on both sides, waiting to catch a glimpse of MBW newest creation. The results was 80,000 sq. ft. and four stories completely filled with street art. To create an authentic street art feel, MBW invited local artists to contribute their own work and coupled it with his own. In an attempt to create an authentic feel of art in the streets, the show will be up temporarily and none of the work is for sale.
Each floor of the abandoned warehouse followed a different theme and not an inch of the space was spared. LA’s Seventh Letter Crew even had a chance to adorn the stairs. Throughout the space large statues depicting elements of street art could be found. From a truck scattering larger than life paint cans to Ancient Greek idols with paint rollers. The immense amount of art work in the space is impossible to fully take in on one day.
The show brought out people of all ages interested in seeing what Mr. Brainwash has done now. He did a great job of bringing everyone to gather and giving people a chance to check out street art in a contained space.
- written by Keisha Raines with photos by Birdman for Warholian
For more on Mr. Brainwash visit: http://www.mrbrainwash.com/