In 2012, Hanksy was a street artist gaining a degree of notoriety for his street art depicting Tom Hanks as a Banksy rat. Since then, he has sold out multiple New York gallery shows, created a large and loyal band of internet supporters, energetic detractors, and is about to open his first show in Los Angeles, at Gallery 1988. Since my first interview with Hanksy, we have become good friends. I do not believe this infringes on my ability to ask questions about pun-based street art.
EA: Hanksy, we meet again. The first time I interviewed you was in February of 2012. How much has your life changed since [...]
"'It's a lot of kids in skinny jeans, black Keds and gauzy scarves. Big fucking deal!' said [Bruce] Hackney. 'You can go on the L train and see the same people!'" -Former art dealer Bruce Hackney explaining what will be missed when Jeffrey Deitch closes up his downtown gallery to move to Los Angeles to be the chief honcho of MOCA.
Here is a very important video that you may not have seen. Produced by Japan's Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, based on a 62-page report about sustainability and self-sufficiency in national food production and consumption, it's way more fun than it has any right to be. Animated in delightful, Lego-colored graphics, set to a bouncy little electronic number, it features full meals raining from the sky like in Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, line-dancing livestock, and neatly-dressed workmen engaged in a tug-of-war with an ear of corn. If Washington had an A.V. department this good in the '90s, The Starr Report would have been like [...]