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Transcript of Banksy
Society norm overpowers individual thought
UNIFORMITY (dull, boring grey overpowering bright, childish drawings and colors)
Society is depriving children and adults of their right to imagination and wishful thinking
Not only about reality, dreams are an important and crucial factor for a society's progress and Banksy argues that they are being suppressed
Banksy and Dissent
Who is Banksy?
What did he dissent against?
How did he dissent?
The mystery behind Banksy
“I’ve learnt from experience that a painting isn’t finished when you put down your brush — that’s when it starts. The public reaction is what supplies meaning and value. Art comes alive in the arguments you have about it.”
loss of innocence
Crayon House Foreclosure
Boy with Gun
Girl and a Soldier
"[he had] a desire to goad viewers into rethinking their surroundings, to acknowledge the absurdities of closely held preconceptions."
Bold ironies in his art
Depicts fatal flaws in our society
Making the world of art belong to the people
Although Banksy began as just another graffiti artist (an outsider) he soon became internationally recognized and appreciated by the mainstream media
Banksy wanted to be anonymous to avoid criminal charges. All of his artwork is authenticated by the artist's organization called Pest Control. His unknown identity intrigued many and benefited the popularity of his work. Some accuse Banksy of using his anonymity as a marketing device.
Banksy was raised in suburban Bristol, UK in a middle class family and he attended a private Cathedral School. In the 1980s he entered the graffiti scene, and by 2001 his work was all over the UK. At first he signed his art: Robin Banx.
One reoccurring image in Banksy's pieces is that of children.
He depicts images of children dealing with issues that are usually shielded from them:
He illustrates how these issues are damaging innocence and hindering creativity
freehand drawing vs. stencils
“All graffiti is low-level dissent, but stencils have an extra history. They’ve been used to start revolutions and to stop wars."
distraction from war, government, foreign policy, etc.
Banksy & Hope
Rats and Apes
Banksy constantly comments on the government, and it's over involvement in the lives of the public
Anti-War & Soldiers
peace vs love
Soldiers caught looting
Some people like them in museums, others believe they should be more public, as "traditional" street art.
“I also like the political edge”
Kids on Guns Hills
Londons Andipa Gallery
Aspects of human society
We can talk about a "Banksy effect” because of the artist’s success in bringing urban and street art into the cultural and the mainstream.
A lot of Banksy's art sells for a lot of money
But Banksy often gives away his art for free and provides free downloads of a lot of it online
"I don’t think it’s possible to make art about world poverty and trouser all the cash.”
"I have a fantasy that all the little powerless losers will gang up together” –Banksy