14 October 2012

Mr Brainwash

During the summer I got a tip off from a very good friend to go and see Mr Brainwash's debut solo UK show. Tipped as a cross between Banksy and Andy Warhol (two artists that I HEART), I was intrigued but a little sceptical. As a result of my scepticism/laziness I didn't end up going to see the exhibition until a date with my dad rolled around on the last day of the show. I worried about taking my dad to see this show; last time he was in town we went to see some Turners at the Tate (an artist who he HEARTS). It turned out I needn't have worried - he loved it! 

Having trudged through the hell that is Oxford Street to find the Old Sorting Office we came to the entrance of the show which was flanked by enormous pieces of Mr Brainwash's work. I was instantly taken in. This is just my sort of thing. 

I like that he sort of turned the streets into an extension of the show. 

These simple pieces were among my faves. I found some of his works were a bit fussy. Having too much screaming at me makes me turn off. I much prefer the simple splashes of colour or repetitive patterns. 

This is an example of something I found to be a bit too fussy. However I did like his nod to two artists that have clearly had a profound influence on his work: Warhol and Basquiat. 

Gotta love a bit of Kate Moss!

Overall I really enjoyed this exhibition. Thanks to my lovely friend J who text me the deets for this. I think I might even go again as the show reopened it's doors on the 12th Oct for a second coming. Check out the Mr Brainwash site for more info and pics. If anyone has any other recommendations, let me know - I promise not to be so sceptical!

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