With a name like Plastic Jesus how could you not be intrigued? This artist started gaining major attention for posting art symbolizing the demise of cyclist Lance Armstrong. This iconic cyclist’s fall to shame was immortalized in Plastic Jesus’ work with a stencil depicting Armstrong on a bicycle hooked up to an I.V. The personal connection and opinions used by the artist to bring his art to life have that special shock factor. This factor is one that has garnered the artist to be called the “Banksy of LA”.
With a comparison like that you would think that Plastic Jesus has felt the pressure to live up to the flattering reference, but it is just the opposite. The artist focuses on impacting the people and how he can convey his art in such a way that breaks the mold of any reference or comparison. Plastic Jesus is a force on his own and the opening night of his solo show back in May proved just how impactful his art is to the people in the community.
I was able to interview Plastic Jesus on his solo show, his personal connection to Lance Armstrong and where his name originated from. This is his story…
How and why did you decide on the moniker “Plastic Jesus”? What does it mean?
Firstly, I'm an atheist, and strongly oppose religious intervention in everyday life. Secondly I love the movie 'Cool Hand Luke' where Paul Newman’s character will not comply with authority. In the movie he plays the song 'Plastic Jesus' a simple but moving statement of his personal resilience.
Something on your website that I found interesting was that you provide removal services for anyone that is bothered by your art work if the building it is on belongs to them. Why did you decide to offer these services? Has anyone ever used them?
No one has ever used my removal service. I’m often surprised how long some of my pieces ride. In fact, I have had requests by building owners to create some art specifically for their building. I believe in being ethical about all I do. If someone really takes offense at my work or a piece, I'd rather keep them 'onside' and have it removed than make an enemy of them. My art may be someone else’s graffiti or vandalism and I can understand that.
How do you feel about the Banksy reference? Does it put an added pressure on the art that you release?
I'm honored by the reference however it doesn’t really affect what I do. My art comes from a personal perspective and opinion. It doesn’t really add pressure. My aim is to touch people and have people associate with my work and maybe spend a moment considering the message.
The Lance Armstrong piece you created received a lot of press and attention. What was it about Armstrong’s story that encouraged you to hit the streets with his image?
I've been a keen cyclist for about 7 years and Armstrong was a hero of mine. I would be one of the first people to jump to his defense over drug allegations. I felt let down. I hope he saw it and was slightly humiliated by the image. Society has an image of heroin, meth and coke users where we see them as slightly pathetic and pitiful individuals; however, Armstrong was seen (and still is to some extent) as an upstanding person who people would aspire to be like... why is he so different from the washed up heroin user?
I attended your solo show a few weeks ago. What was the response from the public and can we look forward to more shows in the future?
The show went great. I was knocked over by the support and appreciation of those who came along. I'm already looking forward to another show, maybe one in London in late 2013 also.
Whose opinion do you take more to heart, the fans or the critics?
The fans because my work is intended to connect with people, real people, with real opinions.
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Photo Credit: Andrew Sanchez and PlasticJesus.net
Last month I introduced you to the artist Hanksy who has become the artist synonymous for using his comedic wit and clever puns in his art. This month, Hanksy launched his first solo show “How The West Was Pun” in
Hanksy’s love for actor Tom Hanks is magnified in his show with giant painted faces of the actor across the gallery walls. What was most interesting to me was that the first few guests who attended the show received a VHS tape with Tom Hanks painted right on the front. My favorite piece of the night was a painting of Bruce Willis holding a dozen pies while the caption of the piece read “Pie Hard”.
You could not help but grin and appreciate how intelligently each piece was executed. The mood of the night was lighthearted and fun which to me is the perfect equation of a successful show. Hanksy’s show will run at the 1988 gallery through June 15th so make sure to check it out while you still have time.
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Photo Credit: Andrew Sanchez
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Who were a few artists you studied growing up that influenced your art?
I never really studied art but the people that I looked up to as far as work ethic and style were people like Shepard Fairey, Swoon, Jackson Pollock, Barry McGee and Futura.
What can you share about the meaning of your name “
I grew up in the ocean. My moniker reflects that. It is Spanish for the “sea”. It also has a rather relevant English definition.
You have an abstract signature pattern that you use in a few of your pieces that I love. How did this pattern first come about?
That’s a good question, and every time I’m asked that I find myself wondering just exactly what it was that sparked it. I think its just creative expression. Not much thought put into it beyond that. Sometimes things just reveal themselves through art, and we like them for one reason or another, so we keep them around.
What is the biggest challenge you have faced being an artist?
Making art for fun is easy. It’s when the art becomes “business” that things get a little weird. The pressures that push against your natural creative spirit are the biggest challenge.
“Cyan, Magenta, Yellow & Black” is one of my favorite street art pieces of yours. Were you ever tempted to use white? How difficult was it to create that illusion?
I didn’t even buy any white paint for that project. Can’t use what you don’t have! There was no thought of whether to use white or not. I simply had to achieve the painting without using white and that’s what I did. I think it came out pretty good, but my opinion is obviously bias.
What is something you want people to know about yourself and your work?
I put my heart and soul into my work and I work damn hard. Mostly because that’s the only way I can see having it. Also, I’m incredibly sarcastic and refuse to take myself too seriously. So don’t think I made these remarks with out a bit of tongue-in-cheek cheekiness.
I think it’s great that you take part in charity auctions to bring awareness to important issues. You mention on your website that you are a cancer survivor; did your personal experience fuel your involvement with different charities and foundations?
Yes, definitely. I like to work with charities whose cause’s I believe in and are close to my heart.
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Photo Credit: Jen Inc
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Cutout dresses have been spotted all over the red carpet and with summer around the corner it's the perfect time to choose a piece in a bright color showing off a little bit of skin. The best cutout dresses to wear are the ones where the cutouts are in unique shapes and in places you wouldn't normally find them. Take a look at some celebs who've worked the trend on the carpet, plus check out the links below on where you can shop the look for less.
This week’s feature will highlight an appreciator of art who has taken the sticker to express his alter ego. Chicken Speak is the alias of this quirky character and he moves around the city dropping clever quips next to art pieces he comes across in his adventures. I’ve found many of his stickers in great locations and they are usually placed by the best art that the city has to offer. Chicken Speak took a break from flying around town to discuss how the chicken character came about and what a day in the life of Chicken Speak involves. This is his story….
Where did the chicken persona first come from?
It may be best to think of the chicken as a state of mind; a cynical spirit animal acting through this city's subconscious and not just something you biggie size at KFC. But, to be honest, I put the pen down to paper years ago and the chicken just came out! There's no easier way to explain it other than the chicken has always been around in some form as a comfortingly grounded, if annoyingly ever-present, voice in my head.
What do you hope people will get from seeing one of your stickers?
This town can take itself too seriously at times and I just think everyone should pause at least once a day to laugh at something completely random without inhibition and while they're at it, they should also feed me bread. I prefer rye. Thanks.
Describe a day in the life of Chicken Speak?
Which one of your stickers has been your favorite so far and why?
"Living the dream can be frustrating sometimes." People come to
Another favorite of mine is, "If you won't wish a friend happy birthday on Facebook, then you probably shouldn't be friends with that person… it was yesterday, Beth." This is the digital age we live in. Even if my intent is to get people to look away from their handheld devices for two seconds, it's still unavoidable, and the characteristics we take on in the online world are amusing to this chicken.
What's next for the chicken?
It's about the art. The most rewarding thing for me is capturing street art going up, seeing the work come to life, and then reflect back on the town. The act of creating something out of nothing, watching the art evolve, and interact with the artist and their audience is the most engaging thing for this chicken. So as for what's next? I'm happy staying cage-free, roam
ing the streets, and admiring the scenery for now.
Best place you've left one of your stickers?
In the hands of those who appreciate them… and feed me bread. Did I mention the rye?
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Katy Perry recently took part in a campaign, Gucci’s A-list Chime For Change campaign, which urges women to come together for global issues such as justice, healthcare, etc.
“If I feel strongly about something, the whole world will know within seconds” Katy said for the cause.