Recap: Hanksy Transforms Chase Bank for ‘Best of the Worst’
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For one night, the former Chase Bank on Delancey was an (alternative) art industry hotspot. Pun master Hanksy transformed the 12,000 square-foot commercial space into a carnival-esque show dubbed “Best of the Worst.” To use the word gallery as description would be a misnomer. Indeed, the soirée felt more like a high school rec-room party, complete with half pipe, arcade games, photo booth, and a nod to Chinatown with faux massage parlor signage and Nom Wah Tea Parlor spoof. Soundtrack was a turntable-powered cocktail of pop, hip hop, and punk.
Oh, and of course there was even a clown blowing penis balloons (with ejaculate) as hats and belts.
Best of the Worst began in the early evening, but that didn’t stop hardcore Hanksy fans from queueing hours before opening in the cold.