Mr Brainwash Art Show, New Oxford Street

London will never cease to surprise me with its pockets of art that pop up without notice. Yesterday I was wandering along New Oxford Street, happy in my own little world, all of a sudden I was facing what looked like a car park (actually The Old Sorting Office), taken over by painted horses and intriguing art.  I got a bit closer and discovered that I’d stumbled upon the Mr Brainwash Art Show, it was free to enter so I popped in.

I remembered after a few minutes who Mr Brainwash was – star of Banksy’s infamous film ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’.  A strangely intriguing character who becomes enamoured with the world of street art, later to be convinced by Banksy to become a street artist himself.  I wasn’t sure what I thought of his work at the time and I’m still not sure what to think of it after seeing the exhibition!

Familiar faces are definitely a key feature. From Royalty…

To Mickey Mouse…

To popular figures of society dressed as Marilyn Monroe…

Tongue-in-cheek humour but I thought there was something unsettling about it at the same time. I couldn’t quite place my finger on why, maybe David Beckham dressed as a woman was one step to far for me…

The Old Sorting Office is a large space, Mr Brainwash certainly makes the most of this with large installations of the kind I’d never really seen before.

The British influences throughout the exhibition were a clever touch in a great year for the UK but I struggled to find anything I considered ‘wall worthy’.  This was my favourite…  

It was definitely an interesting 20 minutes or so and if you’ve seen ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’ I’d recommend having a look round. It’s open until the end of November.

What do you think of Mr Brainwash’s art? Have you ever been surprised unexpectedly by art in the city? 

1 Comment

  1. keira
    June 10, 2013 / 5:16 pm

    i like you’re work