Plastic Jesus can be easily defined the hottest street artist of the year.
His street pieces and installations executed between L.A. and London since 2012 keep on catching the world’s attention.
Most notably the ubiquitous “STOP MAKING STUPID PEOPLE FAMOUS” has become one of the most talked about street pieces in art’s history, going viral on blogs, social networks and being shared by magazines, newspapers, street art fans, casual watchers and celebrities including: Miley Cyrus, Charlize Theron, Juliette Lewis and Banksy himself among others.
In 2012 Plastic Jesus street pieces inspired by the Tesco horse meat and Lance Armstrong doping scandals start making the news.
GRAFFITI IS A CRIME
His iconic piece “Graffiti Is a Crime”, executed in L.A. in March 2013, is nearly copied by Banksy in his “Better Out Than In” outlaw residency in New York (an open defiance to the law on graffiti and the authorities), who kick-started the show with a very similar street piece the fall of the same year!
USELESS PLASTIC BOX
The “Useless Plastic Box” prank makes the news. Quoting a Huffington post article:
“The street artist who says he’s been described as “The Banksy of LA” placed empty black boxes as actual Best Buy products at multiple stores in the LA area. The fake product, named the “Useless Plasticbox 1.2″ and priced at $99.99, was accompanied each time by a fake Best Buy label and manufacturer warranty. “
“The artist cited what he sees as the country’s widespread consumerism as the inspiration behind the prank. Americans, he said, are always inevitably let down by the latest gadget after it is quickly replaced by something even newer.”
After being shortlisted in many blogs and magazines as one of the top street artists of the 2013, Plastic Jesus and his art get a major feature on the Huffington Post, with an emphasis on his American Excess cocaine abuse related installation which had appeared in different locations between L.A. and London.
The newspaper notes: “It’s not hard to understand why people are bowing down to LA street artist Plastic Jesus and his wonderfully satirical brand of subversive art. His pieces have been springing up around the world, winning him plenty of praise, and doing something truly special: making people laugh and think.”
HOLLYWOOD’S BEST KEPT SECRET
A life-size Oscar statue injecting heroin, with the writing “Hollywood’s Best Kept Secret” on the base, appears outside the Oscars 2014 celebration venue, just after Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death by overdose. The installation, meant to shed light on the drug abuse issue within the movie industry in Hollywood, causes a stir in the media worldwide.
THE NEW MESSIAH?
Plastic Jesus creates a provocative street piece called “The New Messiah?” depicting rap superstar Kanye West in a Jesus Christ Pose.. just in time for Easter!
His “Warchild” street piece, a response to the insane violence in the Middle-East often employing war-children, is mistaken for a Banksy on a live TV reportage on ABC 7 News.
JE SUIS CHARLIE
In January 2015, Plastic Jesus creates a tribute to the victims of the terror attack to Charlie Hebdo journalists creating an installation made of giant pencils with the writing “Je Suis Charlie”.
HOLLYWOOD’S BEST PARTY
For the second consecutive year, Plastic Jesus creates a life-size Oscar statue, this time around on its knees and snorting what looks like cocaine with a rolled-up banknote and an “American Excess” credit card on the side. The piece is placed on Hollywood Boulevard, just blocks from where the Academy Awards were to take place. The spoof is covered by most newspapers, blogs and TV’s worldwide and is tweeted by Banksy’s account.
NO KARDASHIAN PARKING ANYTIME
Plastic Jesus’ latest stunt “has taken a stand against the Kardashian regime by putting a series of signs up across the city. Plastic Jesus, as he’s known, has created an installation in Hollywood comprising of parking signs across Hollywood exclaiming ‘No Kardashian Parking Anytime’.” (The Independent)
Artworks, street pieces and installations by Plastic Jesus have so far been featured on the most important newspapers, magazines, art & design blogs worldwide, so far including: CNN, CBS, ABC News, the BBC, Inside Edition, The Daily Mail, The Huffington Post, Playboy, Buzzfed, Complex Art & Design, LA Weekly, TMZ, LAist, Melrose & Fairfax, The Mirror, The Guardian, the Verge and many more.
“Plastic Jesus is not about revolution, he is not an anarchist or anti-establishment. His work is more about shining a small light into some of those dark corners of society then standing back and watching reactions and opinions.”