Inspired by Street Art: Con$umer
Con$umer is a self-taught artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Inspired by street art and pop art, Con$umer uses techniques of image appropriation, collage and painting to create art that is at once critical and celebratory of modern society.
I find the artist’s series of Banksy Collages rather interesting. In these works, he creates a substrate of collaged newspaper clippings or patterned paper, topping each work with an appropriated stencil of an artwork by Banksy. In some works, like Mona Lisa Arms Dealer, the newspaper clippings that make up the background seem tangentially related to the image, adding an extra layer of meaning to the existing artwork.
Con$umer’s original artworks are often similar in style to street artists such as Banksy – stark, black stenciled figures with ironic, somewhat nihilistic themes appear throughout his portfolio. Created on canvas, the works do a good job of capturing a particular aesthetic, with Con$umer’s own personal twist.