Featured Artist – Banksy
We felt it necessary to blurb a bit about the illusive Banksy’s Barely Legal show here in LA this passed weekend. This highly anticipated event drew a star studded line of onlookers and passersby. Just a few of the celebrities in attendance were Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Shepard Fairey, Perry Farrell (formerly Jane’s Addiction), Zack De La Rocha (formerly of Rage Against the Machine), Meg White (of the White Stripes), Jason Lee, and Jared Leto just to name a few.
Most of the buzz from the show stemmed from the live pink and gold painted elephant displayed in the living room setting. This drew heavy criticism from PETA, who began handing out bills to attendants in protest of the event.
As hoards of people lined up outside the downtown Los Angeles warehouse, attendants filed through rooms filled with stencils of work we’ve seen and some we haven’t. Dorothy of the Wizard of Oz brandished a noose on one side of a police van while a swat team brandished weapons on the other. A stencil of two British police officers embraced on the inside.
A collection of sculptures littered the space. The statue of David wore a Kevlar vest, a bust shot in the head, and an angel with a security camera in place of her head.