WhIsBe and Thrashbird: Vandal Clones

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WhIsBe and Thrashbird: Vandal Clones

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Available exclusively through 212 Arts is a new collaborative print release. Each print is on 17 by 22 inch archival cotton paper. From an edition of 50 these prints are extremely limited. Prints are signed and numbered by both artists.

 

WhIsBe has partnered with charities and corporations ranging from the Art Works Charity Foundation to Charity Water to Red Bull and has exhibited work at notable events including: Art Basel through Castle Fitzjohns Gallery, Context & Art New York, and Art Southampton through the Keszler Gallery. In 2016, he collaborated with the New Museum in New York City to create a large-scale installation of three-dimensional, polychrome Vandal Gummies as well as a series of limited-edition prints. In 2017, publications such as business insider, Vice HBO and Forbes wrote articles focusing on the artist along with the MOCO Museum Amsterdam acquiring a seven-foot tall “Vandal Gummy” sculpture. Also in 2017, WhIsBe was invited among select significant contemporaries to create work for 4 World Trade Center's 69th floor and commissioned to place a seven foot tall “Vandal Gummy” sculpture for the buildings lobby centerpiece.

While Thrashbird’s own identity remains incognito, his art tackles universal themes that we can all relate to and see ourselves perpetuating—whether we want to admit it or not. His Clone, for instance, ubiquitous on the streets of Los Angeles, is glued to his phone, frantically texting away, just like the rest of us. His long, slender body slouches and crumples inward to accommodate his screen and his face, obscured by a hoodie, is directed toward the digital world rather than the actual world around him. Thrashbird often stencils his clones on the ground rather than on the side of buildings and if we happen to spot them while we’re walking and texting at the same time, well, we’ve proven the artist’s point haven’t we? 
 

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