I’m not an art critic. I don’t have an eye for appreciating line and space and all those other things I would’ve learned about had I not dropped my Art 101 class.
That said, this bit of street art seems kind of blah to me:
Lumping Reagan and Thatcher together in critical street art is a little dated, no? Perhaps this would’ve meant more back in 1980. Lampooning Steve Jobs would have more impact today. Also, a 9/11 reference with “666” in it? Come on, that feels less edgy artist and more crazy-homeless-guy-I-try-to-avoid.
I’m not trying to be a hater. It just seems like a bit of a messaging problem. Are we anti-money? Anti-deceased-world-leaders? Anti… aliens?
What the hell is going on with the alien?! I get the slavery symbol and the Masonic eye, and I kind of get the snake (it’s in the title!); but what does an alien have to do with anything? I mean, it looks cool. Again, this is no critique of technique (rhymes!). I’d be pretty excited if our money looked this nice. I just don’t really believe there’s any actual anger here.
Its geographical placement is potentially interesting — it’s situated along Sunset Blvd., facing Sunset Junction, a shopping strip where one can buy expensive coffee from Intelligentsia and fancy cheese from the Silverlake Cheese Shop. Is it a message against consumerism? I’d buy that more if the painting popped up overnight — something to shock hipsters and yuppies upon waking and skateboarding to work. As it is, I saw it being painted in the middle of the day, the workspace cordoned off by cones. Clearly, this was sanctioned work. Which makes me wonder, was the artist paid?
Or maybe I’ve really missed the point. That’s probably it. Again, I’m not an art critic.