Every year during the Academy Awards, provocative Los Angeles street artist Plastic Jesus, unveils his new life-size Oscar statues in hopes of raising awareness on social and political issues through his work.
Arms stretched with nails through its palms, the gold-painted body made of a molded acrylic resin has a Jesus-faced medallion on a chain around its neck. The statue’s lower midsection is covered in a loincloth, while the tippy-toed feet in a pair of Yeezy brand shoes. The Kanye head was molded by the Las Vegas-based horror artist Ginger. Atop the crafted Kanye head, he is adorned with a crown of thorns.
“We have built Kanye West into some kind of god-like idol. I believe he’s a genius when it comes to writing and producing but he’s human. When we build people into idols, we have expectations, and if they fail to meet those expectations, we crucify them.” - Plastic Jesus
Mixed Media - molded acrylic resin Supplied with a Certificate of Authenticity
Plastic Jesus is a Los Angeles based street artist that specializes in bold stencil and installation work, inspired by world news events, society, the urban environment, culture and politics. His critically acclaimed work combines humor, irony, criticism and unique opinion to create art that engages on many levels.
Often questioning the norms in society Plastic Jesus confronts our compliance of culture and current affairs. The artist uses scale and contradiction as a means to highlight issues and opinions that often go unquestioned. The aesthetic appeal of his work combined with the engagement produces an addictive mix that challenges our acceptance.
Plastic Jesus is not about revolution, he is not a anarchist but would like to see some changes around the place. His work is more about shining a small light into some of those dark corners of society.
His work has been featured byThe BBC, CNN, abc News, Huffington Post, Gizmodo, Buzzfeed, The Sun, The Daily Mirror, LA Times, LA Weekly, The Daily Mail, MSNBC, The Daily Telegraph, Complex art and Design, Time, Us Weekly, USA Today and many more. The Smithsonian Institute also features art by Plastic Jesus. Prior to his commitment to produce provocative street art Plastic Jesus has worked for over two decades as a photographer.