Tens of thousands of people have already witnessed ICONS. The brainchild of L.A. street artist and phenomenon Mr. Brainwash’s opened on Valentine’s Day in New York’s Meatpacking District. Because the crowds continue to pack the 15,000 square foot exhibit, MBW has decided to extend ICONSthrough the end of April. The venue is jam-packed with original art and bigger than life installations – like a giant boombox, a Yellow cab, Michelin Man, and so much more that only Mr. Brainwash can pull off. All of the canvases, prints and broken record pieces are new – created after his mega-successful Life is Beautifulexhibition in Los Angeles in 2008.
MBW is also the man behind the camera for Banksy’s new movie, “Exit Through the Gift Shop.” The film is ten years in the making and premiered Sunday,January 24, at The Sundance Film Festival. The unannounced feature was all the buzz in Park City, Utah. “Exit Through the Gift Shop” tells the story of Mr. Brainwash’s move from France to the U.S. and his fascination with the growing street art movement. Along the way, he filmed some of the industry’s biggest names – Shepard Fairey, Swoon, Faile Mr. A, Space Invaders and more. Then he met and befriended Banksy becoming the only man to capture him in action on video. But in this highly anticipated movie, Banksy turned the camera back on MBW. Banksy has said, “It’s the story of how one man set out to film the un-filmable. And failed.” Banksy’s publicist told The Guardian, “It’s a film about a man who tried to make a film about me. Everything in it is true, especially the bits where we all lie.” Sundance Festival Director John Cooper said the story was so bizarre that he questioned whether it could be real. ”‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’ is one of those films that comes along once in a great while, a warped hybrid of reality and self-induced fiction while at the same time a totally entertaining experience,” he added.
In addition to his photography credit for “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” and his ICONS show in NYC, Mr. Brainwash will also be doing the limited edition prints and posters for the 2nd Annual Carmel Art & Film Festival in October.