This past Tuesday, British street artist Charlie Anderson skipped across the pond to give Feal Mor on La Brea a little love. The store hosted the artist to give their window an edge by having the Anderson go to town on the façade, painting it as he liked it. His painting was a bit of a spectacle, the store inviting people to swing by to watch him work and celebrate with him into the night.
We stopped by when he started painting, around 6PM to find that the window was almost entirely enveloped in a white spray paint cocoon thanks to Charlie, a ladder, and lots of bottles of H20 Krylon spray paint. We hung around for a bit, people watching from inside and outside of the store, the “hunky” artist’s entourage of women at is side whenever he had a spare moment. (Please Note: Anderson is super cute; however, he didn’t look like this picture at all. I suppose we would have seen the resemblance if he were in a tank top–who knows?!)
We stuck around for thirty minutes, popped into the store’s cool space to covet clothes, and left just in time for Charlie to have finished his base coat. We were a little bummed but were unable to stay to see him finish it, unfortunately. However, we drove by later in the evening and it was more finished but not complete by 10PM, a testament to just how difficult and time consuming the work is. At this point, it looked OK and we were not really sure what to make of it.
Thus, yesterday afternoon we biked over and checked it out…and it looks pretty cool! The piece is a combination of painted signs and deconstructed paintings of Hollywood icons. It’s like he painted a wall full of advertisements, some scrapped off, some bleeding into each other, some in fragments, and some completely intact. It feels like what Anderson did is perfectly suited for their block, a block in which Shepard Fairey and Aaron De La Cruz have blessed with murals of their own.
Our only concern with the piece is that we’d hate to have to work within Feal Mor now because Anderson’s work has to keep out so much light, which is a bummer because the weather has been so beautiful lately. Then again, they sell a lot of heavy sweaters so keeping a lot of sun out may be a good thing. Be sure to check out Anderson’s work when driving on La Brea South of Beverly and North of 3rd and stop into Feal Mor, too.