New York-based street artist WhIsBe has become known for his Vandal Gummies series, depicting gummy bears of various shades in police lineup photographs. His whimsical iconography pokes fun at some of society’s most disseminated images, from Ronald McDonald to President Barack Obama. WhIsBe’s work often has political references while playing with familiar mascots that engage the viewer’s senses. The green Vandal Gummy sculpture was the artist’s first transition from paper to resin. It was recently shown at New York’s New Museum in downtown Manhattan.
The New Museum, 2016
WhIsBe is best known for producing jarring social commentary by placing innocuous imagery within a provocative context. The artist garnered significant attention for his depiction of Ronald McDonald as a dictator, which juxtaposed the smiling mascot with historical iconography of totalitarianism. He continues to question the power of corporations by injecting his own critical twist into the eye-catching, visual world of mass culture.
American, b. 1987