This is an abstract Yupo painting that evolved into a dimensional construction. I had been experimenting with deconstructing some of my Yupo abstracts and reassembling them into dimensional images. In this particular case I cut one of the paintings into strips and reassembled them into the image you see here. The strips are not glued to the substrata but instead are "floating" above the surface of the board attached only at the top of each strip so that it imparts a dimensionality to the final piece.
The title of "Thanksy Banksy" requires some explanation. There is an famous New York City graffiti artist who goes by the name of Banksy. He became famous for his graffiti images that he would paint on various structures in New York City. He was also a very reclusive person and a bit of a prankster. One of his images titled "Girl with balloon" was reproduced as a Limited edition Lithographic print that ultimately found it's way into an art auction at Sothebys auction house in NYC. His reputation at this point was so widespread that it was estimated that the print would bring a sales price of around $200,000.
The bidding far exceeded the pre sale auction estimate and the print was sold for about one million pounds. After the sale was gaveled down, the print which was hanging on a wall of the auction gallery began to move vertically in the frame and began to shred in the frame as it descended, cutting the print into strips to the horror and delight of those in attendance. However the shredding device that Banksy built into the frame which was supposed to shred the entire print so that it would fall out of the frame in strips, malfuctioned about half way down leaving the print hanging in the frame. Needless to say all of the highrollers and especially the winner of the print auction were horrified about this thinking that the shredding would render the print valueless. They were wrong. It has been estimated that the value of the print had in fact doubled because of this epic prank.
Thus the name of my "shredded" painting became "Thanksy Banksy" which I applied to the framed piece using wooden type that I painted and imprinted it onto the surface of the piece.
To see a video showing the actual event at Southebys click here