Artist Goes Through Bieber’s Trash To Make ‘Masterpiece’
An underground L.A.-based artist, named XVALA, has rummaged through the rubbish of the 18-year-old pop star to create a bizarre sculpture, titled ‘Justin Bieber’s Banana Split: A Momento For Celebrity Exes’ — an homage to his January split from girlfriend Selena Gomez.
The item — made entirely of chocolate and a brown banana in a hot dog bun, said to be from Bieber’s trash — is on display in downtown Los Angeles in the Brewery Arts District.
According to a spokesperson for the artist, it’s a “masterpiece.”
“It’s basically about acknowledging how the Internet has changed our lifestyle and how relevant trash really is,” the artist’s rep Cory Allen told Celebuzz.
“Celebrities seem so far from our reach, but trash is the raw content and says so much about a person that’s often overlooked.
“With Justin Bieber, he wanted to acknowledge how we look at love in the typical forms — with candy, flowers, cards, jewelry — and he wanted to show how the public perceives love, but also how we’re wrapped up in other people’s lives. That fascination has always been there.
This is not the first work of ‘art’ from XVALA.
According to Allen’s website, the anonymous XVALA’s “street works, paintings, sculptures, drawings, and Internet ideas point to society’s growing inability to disconnect from the Internet.”
One of his most controversial contemporary works entitled “Mark Zuckerberg’s Not Very Well Hung Hanger.”
It’s simply made out of a wire hanger that has been bent and twisted to look like a phallic symbol. Like Bieber, he found it in the Facebook CEO’s trash.
Other celebs who had their trash pilfered by XVALA include Robert Downey Jr., Lindsay Lohan and Taylor Swift. He used the celebrities’ discards for his series of paintings, “The Tonight Show with Celebrity Chimp,” in which he used their crushed glassware to form a powder to create this painting, below.
Even Jay Leno‘s The Tonight Show invited XVALA to showcase his work; the NBC late-night show used him to create a backdrop for their music performances.
It wouldn’t be Hollywood and art without Kim Kardashian, however.
A deflated basketball once owned by the E! star was morphed into a purse-like object for an exhibit called “Slammed and Dunked.”
Has there been reaction from Bieber?
“There’s been no word from him yet,” Allen said, noting he didn’t think the “banana split” was offensive.
“In our society we’re plagued with reality TV and gossip and relationships,” he added.
“It’s all about the idea of constant bickering on reality shows and gossip, which is also what goes into relationships. It’s the ugly side and the sweet side.”
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