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Artist Invites Exhibition Visitors to Trash Pieces of Art

The show blends art and trash to make a statement about the subjective nature of the art market and is on display through July 2.

Jeff Gillette, an artist from Banksy's 2015 bemusement park, Dismaland, has opened up a solo show called “Total Dismay” at the Gregorio Escalante Gallery in L.A.’s Chinatown. The show, which encourages visitors to step and kick their way through an “art landfill,” features art made by Gillette and his students at Tustin’s Foothill High School.

The show blends art and trash to make a statement about the subjective nature of the art market and is on display through July 2.

Los Angeles Times has more:

Jeff Gillette invites you to trash his artworks — to step on them, kick them, wade through the hundreds of drawings and prints littering the floor of Gregorio Escalante Gallery in L.A.’s Chinatown. This is where Gillette’s solo show “Total Dismay” opened on Saturday. It’s where the artist has created what he calls “an art landfill.”

Gillette — who was among those featured in British street artist Banksy’s month-long 2015 installation “Dismaland,” a dystopian amusement park in Somerset, England — brings that same sardonic tone to his solo show. More than 200 works include large-scale paintings, ink drawings, sculptures and shadow box works.

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