Thursday night Steff and I attended Mr. Brainwash’s debut solo art show titled Icons.
The French-born, Pop street artist presented two floors and 15,000 square feet worth of portraits and sculptural installations.
Like the name implies, the walls were covered with portraits of icons—fashion designers, models, artists, celebrities and more. Our favorite were the model portraits, which were hung together in a space dubbed "the model room". The usual suspects were all accounted for: Kate, Christy, Linda, Noami, and Cindy.
He used everything from paint and shredded tires to pieces of broken records, and eye candy was everywhere. The chaotic, clustered arrangement of the artist's work only complimented the busy compositions—sometimes more is more.
Mr. Brainwash himself was running around the gallery in paint-splattered jeans, aviators and a fedora. When he wasn't chatting with guests, he was dancing next to a boom box installation that was the size of a house. He was enjoying the fete just as much as we were—it was the perfect way to kick off the fashion week party circuit.
Icons opens to the public Sunday, February 14 at 3:00 PM at 415 West 13th Street. The first 300 people to attend the opening will receive a signed, hand-finished, limited edition print. Run, don't walk! We guarantee you'll have fun.
Take a look at Mr. Brainwash's work after the jump.