Thrashbird, ‘Ben McGill’, 2012, Street Art for ACLU: Benefit Auction 2017

Work ships from Los Angeles.

Among the most authentic contemporary street art renegades, thrashbird uses both humor and subversion to dramatize significant issues that plague our society: obsessional interest in celebrity, our own self-image and over-reliance on technology. While thrashbird’s own identity remains unknown, 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?
—Courtesy of Lizy Dastin

Signature: Signed

Image rights: Image courtesy of the artist

About Thrashbird

While the identity of the street artist Thrashbird remains anonymous, his stamp on the buildings of Los Angeles is unmistakable. Thrashbird is most known for his motif of a silhouetted man looking down at his phone, which the artist refers to as his “Clone.” Poking fun at today’s digital culture, Thrashbird paints these figures onto the ground, on view for those who are already looking down at their mobile devices. Thrashbird often works with wheat-paste, an easy-to-make adhesive comprised of flour, sugar, and water, to adhere his paintings to city surfaces.

based in Los Angeles, California