It was only a matter time before the clandestine, contagious allure of Banksy infected another street artist. If you haven’t heard, New York has its own mysterious graffitist who, naturally, goes by the tag Hanksy. Unlike the serious social issues Banksy tackles in his art, Hanksy’s pieces all evoke the lead actor of Forrest Gump fame. Let’s get this straight: an unnamed New York artist has based an entire career around the dubious genre of Banksy-inspired, Tom Hanks-centric graffiti. But it gets better. Tonight Krause Galleries is hosting an opening of the felonious imposter’s work thus far, lending credence to the absurdist meme. Is this the future of street art? From Haring to Basquiat to … Turner and Hooch?
Krause Gallery After Hours Presents: Hanksy, Krause Gallery, 149 Orchard Street, 7 to 10 p.m.. This event is free and open to the public.