Five Years Later, Hanksy Pivots by Dropping the Puns

Posted on: October 25th, 2017 at 5:09 am by

That classic dichotomy of character and alter-ego is concluding for one of the more prolific downtown artists on the scene. Five years after his first Tom Hanks-inspired wheat-paste, street artist Hanksy is officially retiring the puns. Putting that sword back in the sheath to focus on “more meaningful” output. His own artwork as Adam Lucas.

For the last several weeks, Hanksy has been posting a photo retrospective of sorts on Instagram, which includes images of past work. It’s a way for Lucas to “put Hanksy to bed for a bit.”

In a media advisory this week, Lucas outted himself, putting to rest years of speculation on his identity. The public announcement arrives hand-in-hand with word of a new show next month at 151 Canal Street, dubbed “Some Grow Up, Others Grow Down.”

“The last five years have been fun and full of pun, but things are slightly different now,” Lucas noted in a public statement. “My day-to-day is changing quite a bit and the current administration is a damn tire fire. The work I’d like to create right now makes more sense without the Hanksy label.”

Rivington Street, August 2011

This change in creative direction has been on display since earlier this year, most notably with murals on Orchard Street (remember Dump Trump?) and a “final” show at the Krause Gallery in July. This new chapter is defined less by pop culture and more by blunt and forthright cultural commentary.

“Some Grow Up, Others Grow Down” goes down at 151 Canal Street on Wednesday, November 8.

Below is the hype video…

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