With the introduction of the iPhone and the subsequent explosion in the number of people who carried smartphones, Thrashbird’s preoccupation with the epidemic of technological consumption inspired his “Clone” series. The design for the clone was an adaptation of a photograph of the artist looking down at his phone, contorting his body in an exaggerated, hunched over fashion. The photograph was converted into a silhouette stencil image that has become emblematic of his practice and message. The clone wears a hoodie with the hood up, obscuring his face, serving as a metaphor for our tendency to use technology to numb our connections to the world. His body is in a blackened silhouette, however, the details of his phone and hands are more intricate to punctuate the message. The visual simplicity of the design coupled with the accessibility of the message imbues the work with its power. —Courtesy of Julien’s Auctions
Signature: Signed and dated in white ink lower right "thrashbird 16".
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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