19 posts categorized "MR. BRAINWASH"

Nov 27 2013
Art's In Pop Culture In Me: An Interview With Street Artist Pegasus Comments (0)

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I'm a fan of street art, so yes, I was pissed I didn't find any Banksys to steal (or buy for a song) during his NYC residency. But I have had a Mr. Brainwash run-in/own some of his stuff, once pried a piece of an Invader mosaic from a local bridge, and have found two stunning works by Ty Cummings on the street where they were left for—presumably—me to rescue.

So I was intrigued by the work of Pegasus, which I think merges pop culture icons in ways that are more playful and quirkier than Brainwash's cynical-feeling concoctions. If you're wondering what I mean, look no further than "Strike a Pose," his clever, sweet marriage of Cher, Madonna, Janet Jackson, David Bowie, Elvis Presley...and maybe more:

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Unlike all of the artists I've mentioned, Pegasus is highly reachable...and reacted favorably to my interview request. What follows is my chat with this emerging artist, whose work is destined to decorate my walls one day...

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Nov 06 2011
Boy Culture Turns 6: My Favorite Posts Comments (13)

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As of midnight last night, it was exactly six years since my first post. It's been a tough thing to keep up with a dayjob and outside activities, and just when I think I might walk away, a valuable connection or interesting opportunity or a kind word comes my way. Thank you all for reading me.

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Here are my favorite 100+ posts out of nearly 11,000. Please take some time to read (or re-read!) a couple and tweet or Facebook any you like.

xoxo Matt

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BOY CULTURE


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FROM BOY TO MAN: BC B.C. (2007): The entire history of my novell and novel Boy Culture as well as the movie version; might be my ultimate post.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54f5599878833-800wiJonathon Trent & Derek Magyar make an Allan Brocka sandwich

BOY ON FILM (2006): An account of the NYC launch party for Boy Culture as it played the TriBeCa Film Fest.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54f7f18238834-800wiI was left "Reeling" by the experience

FRIENDS AND "FAMILY" (2006): The movie version of Boy Culture hits Chicago.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54f5ebead8833-800wiNo one would've mistaken me for Taylor Lautner

RAPT PUPIL (2006): The final night of Outfest with Boy Culture; I was fat but on the other hand got to meet Bryan Singer.

 

MY ART

 

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GUYDAR (since at least January 17, 2008) & ENDS OF THE WORLD (since at least January 13, 2008): Attractive men of the world—I got your backs. Your fronts, too.

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"Your pictures suck" (2008): An art critic attacks me, but not without sustaining some hits in return.

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DRAWN TOGETHER (2008): How my desire to draw related to my secret desire. One of my absolute favorite posts.

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LOST ANGELES (2009): My favorite photographic travelogue of L.A.

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ART IMITATES LIFE (2006): My 9/11 and my distaste for grief tourism.


ME


6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54f435c1a8834-800wiDeath of the party—Jeff in high school, already halfway through his life

BURNING MAN (2007): Tribute to my late high school friend and first romance.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef014e862b4a41970d-400wiSigned, sealed (eventually) delivered

LOST BOY FOUND (2011): There is a book in here somewhere.

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CIAO HOUNDS: OUR TRIP TO ITALY (2011): Finally got José to Europe.

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ILLINOIS DEATH TRIP (2007): Ruminations on death while revisiting a past home, and the past.

Zehnders Life is short...and meaningful

PASSING BY (2008): Mourning the loss of a person I only met once.

Lots more...

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Jun 20 2011
Tagged Comments (3)

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In support of street artist Revok, who was arrested for vandalism and non-payment of restitution for it and faces up to six months in prison, Mr. Brainwash is releasing the limited-edition print "Never Give Up." One hundred pieces at $400 a pop (art) will go on sale at Mr. Brainwash's site on June 22nd at 12PM PST.

 
Nov 05 2010
Boy Culture Turns 5: My Favorite Posts Comments (23)

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Img_0736As of midnight tonight, it will be exactly five years since my first post. It's hard to imagine it's been that long, and a lot's changed—the tone and subject matter are different, how often I post, my limits (no nudity in a couple of years due to ad constraints). I've devoted a crazy amount of time and money and energy to this blog for a very small financial return (you couldn't guess low enough), but it's always rewarding to have this forum with which to express myself, keep my writing ability fluid, perhaps influence a couple of people here and there, share obsessions with strangers (in both senses of the word) and learn new things.

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Here are some of the posts that were most important to Boy Culture's history. For the uninitiated, some of the oldest ones refer to Boy Culture, the movie made of my novel; I started the blog at the time Boy Culture was being filmed as a way to keep people informed of the progress...and it all snowballed from there.

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Some of these posts are milestones when it comes to the hits they provided but most are filled with original writing and/or photography and video and are just the posts of which I'm proudest. I hope you'll take some time to click on them and send their links around to others—and some time is what you'll need...


MY ART


6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54f0e820e8833-800wiBoy-crazy

FROM BOY TO MAN: BC B.C. (2007): The entire history of my novella, novel and movie Boy Culture; might be my ultimate post.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54fbf2d3e8834-800wiFrom '07, one of my faves. Old iPhones were better because they were worse.

"Your pictures suck" (2008): An art critic attacks me, but not without sustaining some hits in return.

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GUYDAR (since at least January 17, 2008) & ENDS OF THE WORLD (since at least January 13, 2008): Attractive men of the world—I got your backs. Your fronts, too.

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6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54f699b958834-800wiTriBeCa is for Boy lovers...

BOY ON FILM (2006): An account of the NYC launch party for Boy Culture as it played the TriBeCa Film Fest.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54f7f10b58834-800wiI was left "Reeling" by the experience

FRIENDS AND "FAMILY" (2006): The movie version of Boy Culture hits Chicago.

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RAPT PUPIL (2006): The final night of Outfest with Boy Culture; I was fat but on the other hand got to meet Bryan Singer.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e551e92d338833-800wiLet's call it a draw

DRAWN TOGETHER (2008): How my desire to draw related to my secret desire. One of my absolute favorite posts.


ME


6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54f2f319b8833-800wiDeath of the party—Jeff in high school, already halfway through his life

BURNING MAN (2007): Tribute to my late high school friend and first romance.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef010536a813e5970bI had the Fever for Jon-Erik Hexum

AN OBSESSION IS BORN (2009): One of my best posts about my obsession with...obsession.

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ILLINOIS DEATH TRIP (2007): Ruminations on death while revisiting a past home, and the past.

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PASSING BY (2008): Mourning the loss of a person I only met once.

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HAVEN'T WE MET? (2010): Celebrating my time with someone I've only met once—Madonna.

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Apr 17 2010
Spray It, Don't Say It Comments (1)

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I couldn't wait to see Banksy's Exit Through the Gift Shop, a documentary on the unlikely rise to fame of Mr. Brainwash, so I didn't. It opened in New York today and I spent yet another $12 on the guy to have a look-see. (And people, it is a "look-see," not a "looksie," as so many tend to write it these days who "should of" known better.)

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The film is, to me, very much like Mr. Brainwash's work—we've seen street art before, albeit in slightly altered form (graffiti, the punk movement), and yet there is an undeniable appeal. It's like potato chips for your brain, this movie, this art, this artist. And it's so not deep that it's deeply satisfying nonetheless, filling your mind up with iconic echoes instead of with complicated emotions.

It's like Andy Warhol. Kinda...great.

Banksy_exit_gift_502641artw Banksy appears as a hooded or otherwise obscured figure, wryly narrating how the film was supposed to be a documentary on his life and work and on the history of street art, all shot by a worshipful, daredevil, cameraman/fan named Thierry Guetta. Guetta shot hundreds (thousands?) of hours of footage showing Banksy and every other street-art luminary working their magic, only to fashion it into a bizarre, ADD-inspired montage many years after the fact. Banksy took over, turning the film into a brief but illuminating peek at himself, at Shepard Fairey, at the movement, and also into a mildly poisonous chocolate kiss about the silliness of an art world that falls in love with Guetta's eventual brand: Mr. Brainwash.

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Mar 10 2010
Sell Out Comments (0)

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Controversy controschmersy—Mr. Brainwash's latest limited edition, entitled "Liberty," just sold out its entire run of 300 pieces in about 30 seconds flat at MrBrainwash.com. If he's a joke by Banksy, he's got a rich sense of humor.

 
Feb 21 2010
This Is Your Brain On Mr. Brainwash Comments (7)

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I posted on Mr. Brainwash's show last weekend, though I was only able to stick it out long enough in line to gather my free prints and then leave. So I returned today and snapped almost 60 pictures that should give you a thorough idea of Icons and should give you enough info to decide if you think Mr. Brainwash is kinda cool or impossibly lame. 

More after the jump, including some pricing info...

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Feb 14 2010
He Went Pop Comments (10)

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IMG_4823 To most, today is Valentine's Day. To me, today is the first day of Mr. Brainwash's first-ever New York show (and only his second show, period). I first became aware of his work after spotting Spock and other iconic characters and stars (same diff) in Andy Warhol Marilyn hair, then investigated him more fully after his interesting cover for Madonna's Celebration album.

His work is not ground-breaking—to say he's influenced by Warhol, Keith Haring, Shepard Fairey and Banksy is an understatement—but his focus on iconic figures as portrayed with a pure-pop art aesthetic is irresistible for me. I've snapped up a bunch of his works and hope to collect many more.

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I dragged my partner, who's putting on a brave smile here.

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The artist emerges to pose for the Post. (And his fans.)  

IMG_4824 The first 300 attendees of his show—Icons, running February 14—March 31 at 415 W. 13th St. here in NYC—were promised free hand-finished screen prints, so I dragged my Valentine and we went with our two pals by cab. We had agreed we'd only be willing to wait two hours in the 32-degree weather, but wound up getting there at noon. As we walked up, we were #109, #110, #111 and #112, which meant we could have afforded to arrive far later. Oh, well, we figured we were safe this way.

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Give us our art.

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I look sooo bad here (talk about cheeks!), but the original was worse. 

The crowd was at LEAST half populated by scalpers who didn't give a shit about his work but had heard you could score a free print worth hundreds just for standing around. The rest of the people were in their 20s, 30s and 40s (mostly) and remarkably unfazed by the long wait. Probably the highlight was when Mr. Brainwash emerged to shake hands with everyone and take pictures with all who asked. He even signed some blank canvasses one bright fan had brought. He couldn't have been nicer, even if the scheme to get us to create a big scene by wrapping a line around the block for his show couldn't have been crueler.

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Mr. B escorts us in. 

Eventually, we heard the first hundred people were getting a bonus, which sucked because we just missed out. But worse, we weren't allowed in on time for no good reason. An hour late, as my toes began to die for good, he valiantly promised to get everyone in and stood at the door counting us off and patting us on the back as we entered.

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Some original works are for sale, but there is no gallery store. 

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Nov 28 2009
Can't-Mister Comments (0)
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I can't wait! Mr. Brainwash is coming to NYC. 
 
Oct 13 2009
The Art Of Living In NYC Comments (2)

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Out and about in the Meat-Packing District after a stroll on the Highline, I encountered several large Mr. Brainwash works. I was tempted to tear down part of one of the Madonna panels, thinking, "Will this be like a Keith Haring or Shepard Fairey one day?" (His work already sells like hotcakes.) But I resisted.

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Still, it was impressive seeing them in their natural habitat and reminded me of arriving in NYC and discovering ACT-UP's infamous outing posters. Wish I'd seen a Haring. Wish I'd stolen one.

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More, including my Highline experience in photos, after the jump... 

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