Recap: Hanksy Exhibit at Krause Gallery on Orchard

Posted on: January 16th, 2012 at 6:09 am by

Weeks of hype and anticipation culminated Friday evening at the Krause Gallery on Orchard Street.  Boogie fave Hanksy moved the street game inside to boast a deep collection of his Tom Hanks-Banksy wheat-paste mashups.  His eponymous exhibit inside the small showroom attracted a steady stream of heads throughout the evening, with an overall crowd that seemed more of the ironic skinny-tie rather than suit-and-tie.

The Krause Gallery went all out for this Hanksy installation, fully embracing the gimmicky aesthetic of the subject matter itself.  As people poured in from the street, the sounds of soundtracks from Hanks’ career played on the stereo system.  Songs like “That Thing You Do” (That Thing You Do), “California Dreaming” (Forrest Gump), and “Sweet Home Alabama” (Forrest Gump). Dr. pepper and boxes of chocolate were also available for consumption. That’s what life is like, after all, no?

200 numbered Hanksy masks were also created and doled out specifically for the occasion.

As a testament to the Hanks cool factor, the Turner and Hooch star even mailed the gallery a personalized letter on Playtone letterhead.  Pretty dope.  Apparently Krause had invited him to attend. His son was rumored to be there, but was ultimately a no-show.

The Hanksy exhibit will be on display through the end of the month.

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