The somewhat anonymous Lower East Side artist previously known as Hanksy will debut his first exhibition tonight as Adam Lucas. After a preview last night, “Some Grow Up, Others Grow Down,” opens to the public this evening at 7 p.m. at 151 Canal St.
Here’s what Lucas told Hypebeast about the new show:
About two years ago, I wanted to start a transition and pivot a bit. It’s been a great five years as Hanksy. I’m proud of everything, but I knew for personal sanity, enjoyment and fulfillment going forward, I needed to change things up. This show is a culmination of two years of self-imposed studio imprisonment. Everything I did before for five years was for a client, for a show, for a vehicle to deliver a topical joke or one-liner. It was never art to make art. I had never done that before. The work that is going to be shown at this show probably started about a year ago. I developed this new style and aesthetic. So, I kind of chased after it.
If you can’t make it tonight, the show will be up at 151 Canal through Nov. 12.