"This is from the 2020 Commerce project I was doing in Texas. The project was essentially about forcing people to look at the effects of the music that they are promoting. This wall is basically about a person who has become tangled in a set of headphones that are not plugged into anything. The figure has listened to so many untruths in his music that his sense of reality has become warped. He can only partially see and hear what exactly is going on in the "real world'. Objects dangle in front of him while he remains dazed and confused."
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A site-specific piece inspired by the hole in the wall.
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Shark Toof is a great LA-based street artist (see previous Shark Toof posts here
); he's pasted this poster around town recently, and it has been featured in a show at Gallery 1988
There's a 'street artist' called White Mike who pasted shark posters around LA, Washington DC
and a bunch of other cities. White Mike said the posters were part of an awareness campaign for shark population declines. There was an amusing episode where Jessica Alba was caught pasting with him in Oklahoma City
. Then speculation started that White Mike is really Hollywood photographer Michael Muller, and the campaign is less about awareness of shark population declines, and more about selling over-priced prints which are for sale for $10,000
- no mention of a donation to shark protection. It's interesting that an established fashion photographer would turn to street art, rather than a gallery or other traditional means to help boost his career.
So Shark Toof's image is a parody of White Mike & Jessica Alba getting chopped up, Chainsaw Massacre-style. The pasteup in the second image is over one of White Mike's sharks; Shark Toof reclaims his turf.
artist: Shark Toof
West Hollywood, Los Angeles
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