Last week, there was no shortage of artists out to make a statement about the orgy of excess that is Art Basel and Miami Art Week – Josef Pinlac’s “This is Not a Cliché” (a cheeky commentary on the abundance of neon found at the fairs) comes to mind. Some of those critiques were more dubious than others. But unlike the guy who got arrested for whipping out a dildo, a “project” by Bushwick street artist Plasma Slug at least had a practical purpose.
As you can see in the above video filmed by Cindy Caroli, the artist, known for his namesake slug graffiti, bought $60 worth of chicken and biscuits at Church’s and handed it out to about 30 homeless people. “I’ve seen a lot of people coming with a lot of money,” he explains in the video. “Millionaires are spending thousands on painting that have one brushstroke on them.”
“At an event like this when people are trying to do the biggest piece and the most colorful and everyone’s got their ego on full drive, it automatically hit me,” he says, later adding, “With all this art flourishing everywhere you really start to ask yourself, what’s more art than life?”
Not that Plasma Slug didn’t put some art art out there, as well. He wasn’t in any of the fairs this year, but he did do some stickering and wall painting, as you can see in the photos.