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London native and street artist Dean Stockton, better known as D*Face, recently finished his latest work in LA. Titled You're Dead to Me, the piece could easily pass as a Roy Lichtenstein painting, save for D*Face's signature wings growing out of the subject's head.
The artist's name, which is a stylized version of the word "deface," plays with the idea that street artists are defilers of the public space. Accordingly, D*Face's art is often known for defacing the values of a materialistic and consumer-driven society by subverting easily recognizable images from pop culture.
You're Dead to Me does exactly this by replacing more predictable text in the speech bubble in favor of this jarring phrase. These aren't exactly the words we'd expect to come from the mouth of a weeping, puppy-eyed woman. But maybe that's the artist's point; in this media-saturated world, where we are constantly bombarded with glossy images from pop culture, things may be uglier than they seem.
The unveiling of the mural marks the opening of D*Face's newest (and largest) exhibition, titled "Scars and Stripes," which runs from Sept. 26 to Oct. 14, 2014 in West Hollywood, Calif.
[via Street Art News]