Bruce Lee over vintage kung fu and wuxia posters and advertisements that involve the introduction of Hong Kong kung fu films to America.
Marilyn Monroe over vintage articles about tragic beauties, sex symbols, her marriages, and blonde bombshells.
Woody Allen spray-painted over vintage articles about sex, therapy, jazz, Jewish mothers, Bergman, Keaton, and more.
Frank Sinatra over vintage articles about jazz, The Rat Pack, crooners, and his life.
Long before he was regularly exhibiting at the legendary ArcLight Cinemas, Greg Auerbach was inspired to spray-paint one of his favorite filmmakers Alfred Hitchcock onto a collage of murder mystery newspaper clippings that captured the icon’s cinematic contributions. Three years, a Kickstarter campaign, and well over a dozen exhibits later, the prolific artist’s 28-piece “Hollywood Graffiti” series is now on display at the ArcLight Hollywood in his biggest ArcLight show to date through October 9.
“It was a total passion thing for me, and since then, it’s turned into my life,” says Auerbach, a film and street art enthusiast, whose collection caught fire in Hollywood and has fast grown from 12 original pieces to nearly 50. Why was Hitchcock his ideal launching pad? “I love Hitchcock films, and I think his image is so perfect. Everyone knows who Hitchcock is—his outline and silhouette were perfect starting out because I think it really suited the medium. For me, I wanted that on my wall; I made the piece for myself. I thought it would be really cool to have this five-by-six-foot piece of Hitchcock. And it took off.”
Film greats Woody Allen, Clint Eastwood, Audrey Hepburn, Charlie Chaplin, Bruce Lee, Steven Spielberg, and Marilyn Monroe all followed in the series of 57 x 72-inch cinematic tributes. Auerbach does all of the frame-building, stenciling, and spray-painting through the stencils himself. The news articles are sourced from archives of the LA Times, New York Times, London Times, and more, printed on real newsprint to age authentically. Each piece utilizes about 200 articles, deliberately selected and sliced to showcase the subject’s career and livelihood: think Woody Allen over vintage articles on sex, therapy, jazz, Jewish mothers, and WWII. “I try to talk about their influences, how they impact society, and what was going on when they were alive,” the artist says.