As I walked into the gallery pop up shop (located next to the DVF showroom in the meat packing district) all I could think about was Banksy and how much this art work resembled his street murals. There is speculation amongst bloggers and critics that Mr. Brainwash is "an elaborate prank staged by Banksy" -- I would not be surprised if this is true. Every piece in the gallery whispered Banksy's name.
On a table near the entrance stood a sign that read "Mr. Brainwash" also known as the French artist Thierry Guetta. At that moment, I shredded all pre-judgement of the exhibit and went off to observe every piece in the gallery.
One of the first pieces that stood out to me was a portrait of Bob Marley; the bottom of his bust made with melted vinyl records -- a perfect addition to the National Portrait Gallery in D.C.
There were two major themes present in the gallery: the constant reiteration of how beautiful life/love is and the influence on pop culture in society. The famous 'American Gothic' painting was reworked with the iconic woman and man as graffiti artists.
I left the gallery feeling overwhelmed with happiness and reminded that life is what you make it. It's all about perspective -- life is beautiful only if you choose to view it that way.
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