Hanksy Presents “Surplus Candy” Los Angeles, CA.
Street art’s favorite punny man, Hanksy, took LA by surprise on October 10 with Surplus Candy, a one day only show featuring the work of over 100 artists. The show was housed in an abandoned mansion in West L.A. and the exact location was kept top secret until the day of the opening when the address was announced via social media just hours before the door opened.
Artists from all over, many flying on their own dime, worked on the abode, taking your favorite work from the streets inside the once grand mansion. The work ranged from smaller pieces to murals that spanned numerous walls. The absence of sponsors, brands, and gallery price tags was refreshing from the typical shows you see. Surplus Candy (and Hanksy, really) reminds you what street art can be—fun. There were no egos or agendas, just art for art’s sake.
Word of the show spread quick and attracted hordes of curious onlookers, Angelenos that were fans of Hanksy’s work but had never seen it IRL. Surplus Candy even caught the eye of the Prince of Darkness’s spawn Kelly Osborne.
As quickly as the art appeared, it was taken down even quicker. The party ended exactly at 10 p.m. and the next day the home was buffed and all that was left was the deteriorating mansion and its outdated teal carpet.
Words: Keisha Leng