Bricksy: Unauthorized Underground Brick Street Art

Banksy gets Banksy-er with the addition of LEGO

Maybe photographer Jeff Friesen is Banksy. I don’t have any real reason to believe that this is the case, but all Banksy-adjacent content should include some unfounded speculation about the mysterious artist’s true identity, so that’s my duty dispensed with. Here’s something I know for a fact about Friesen: He has put together a book entitled Bricksy: Unauthorized Underground Brick Street Art. The $15 tome features 84 Lego scenes, each of which is based on one of Banksy’s works. Friesen has some priors in this regard. The Canadian photographer’s last book, United States of LEGO®: A Brick Tour of America,…


It’s okay. Lego was never your friend anyway

Corporations are not your friends. Case in point: Lego recently refused to ship a bulk order to artist Ai Weiwei citing a longstanding policy of not directly providing pieces to those who seek to make political statements. Ai took to Instagram to declare: “Lego’s refusal to sell its product to the artist is an act of censorship and discrimination.” The more charitable interpretation of Lego’s actions, most eloquently voiced by Jay Ong, is that Lego wasn’t meaningfully restricting Ai’s freedom to make art since there are plenty of other places to buy in bulk. No matter how you look at…


This game lets you vandalize Ai Weiwei’s urns without jail time

Ai Wei Whoops is a game about the culture of art vandalism, where an attack on art by megalomaniacs and furious postmodern art haters often absurdly increases the value of the artwork. This apparently is not the case for Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s painted urn, which was valued at a million dollars and was busted in Miami recently.  The whole thing is kind of ironic because, in 1995, artist Ai Weiwei smashed a cultural artifact in his tryptic “Dropping a Han-Dynasty Urn.” It’s pretty much what it sounds like. In fact, the photographs of him dropping it were hanging in…