Art Project LA 2015

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Plastic Jesus, Stop Making Stupid People Famous, 2015, stencil acrylic spray on cotton canvas, 36 by 24 inches. Courtesy of the artist
Plastic Jesus, Stop Making Stupid People Famous, 2015, stencil acrylic spray on cotton canvas, 36 by 24 inches. Courtesy of the artist

Plastic Jesus, a Los Angeles-based street artist, has been chosen as the featured artist of Art Project Los Angeles, a five-years-strong annual fundraiser for AIDS Project Los Angeles. Plastic Jesus, who describes himself on Twitter as an “Urban Creative Strategist,” brings ironic and witty commentary to city spaces with pieces that are never pedestrian. He poked fun at the culture’s obsession with reality TV stars with “No Kardashian Parking Anytime” street signs, one of which was affixed curbside outside of the Kardashian sisters’ shop, Dash. He prodded us to look the cost of personal debt with an installation piece that placed a stack of credit cards on top of a giant, unsprung mousetrap. The London-born artist also stenciled a tribute to Robin Williams, after the actor’s death.

One of his more well-known stencils, “Stop Making Stupid People Famous,” which has popped up on streets in Los Angeles, New York, London, and Paris, will be featured in the Art Project catalogue and be part of the event’s live auction as a unique one-off canvas. His work will be featured alongside work by emerging as well as established artists, such as Keith Haring, Tom of Finland, Andy Warhol, Sage Vaughn, Shepard Fairey, and Ed Ruscha, at the live auction. The event starts with a silent auction and cocktail party at 6 p.m. On June 5, from 12 to 5 p.m., and on June 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the gallery will be open to the public and no ticket is required.

Kurt Weston, Losing the Light, 2004, photograph, 22 by 28 inches. Courtesy of the artist
Kurt Weston, Losing the Light, 2004, photograph, 22 by 28 inches. Courtesy of the artist

Art Project 15 takes place on Saturday, June 6 at Bonhams, an auction house in Hollywood, California. Proceeds will benefit APLA and APLA Health & Wellness, which together provide vital services to over 12,000 Angelenos every year. Since 1983, APLA has provided innovative HIV/AIDS services, offering to individuals and communities primary medical, dental, and behavioral health care services; HIV testing and STD screening; the Vance North Necessities of Life Program food pantry program; in-home health services; housing assistance; and HIV prevention efforts; to name a few. APLA Health & Wellness (APLAHW), a federally qualified health center, provides primary medical and oral health care, behavioral health services, HIV testing, PrEP counseling and management of eligible clients, STD screening/treatment, and health education and HIV-prevention services, with a specific focus on low-income gay and bisexual men of color and transgender individuals living in Los Angeles County.

For tickets and additional information, visit apla.org/artproject, facebook.com/ArtProjectLosAngeles, and follow Art Project on Instagram @ArtProjectLosAngeles.