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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.
He once hung an idyllic landscape in a gallery
He had stenciled police incident tapes onto the painting
It went unnoticed for three hours until the painting fell
The caption said:
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
"To actually go through the process of having a painting selected must be quite boring. It's a lot more fun to go and put your own one up"
He replicated his publicity stunt at the Tate in seven other museums in major cities around the world
Banksy visited the museums to scout out the blank spots on the walls, then returned with his art and installed it.
He wore a raincoat, hat and fake beard to maintain his anonymity
CCTV: Closed Circuit Television refers to a visible or covert video system set up in public areas monitored by government
Criticizing lack of privacy
Rats humorously depict the never ending battle between humans and rats
also depicts ongoing conflicts between Graffiti artists vs. police/public, government vs. citizens anti-war vs. pro-war etc.
G.A & rats are both inferior parts of society, trying to exterminate them
Depicts that rats are the survivors, always overpopulate and dominate urban areas all over the world. They will be the survivors when human's die out
Surveillance: The Irony
government not telling public anything however, government infiltrates our privacy.
Banksy constantly comments on the government, and it's over involvement in the lives of the public
Dorthy Police Search
comment on the paranoia that engulfed americans after 9/11
Banksy shows how the fear is present in travel, when luggage is excessively checked
The officer expects the worse (wears gloves for protection)
Pun off of Mary Antoinette's famous (legend) saying, " Let them eat cake!"
reprimanding the elitists (politicians, CEO's etc. b/c of greed, corruption etc.
These animals add a primitive feel to his work
Banksy's use of rats was inspired by Blek de rat
Both animals are constantly used to illustrate Banksy belief that they will outlast humans
Consider them inferior and savage, even though we, humans, are violently and savagely killing each other.
Ominous, saying that unless we end the killing and the wars, we will drive the human species to extinction, leaving apes in power
Anti-War & Soldiers
"But as obscurity has given way to fame and his works have become coveted — and costly — collectors’ pieces" - New York Times
Has a biography written about him called:
BANKSY, The Man Behind the Wall
By Will Ellsworth-Jones
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
Stencils also allowed Banksy to create his art more quickly, which helped him avoid the police
"Banksy effect”—the artist’s astounding success in bringing urban, outsider art into the cultural, and increasingly profitable, 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.”
There is a concern that his art glorifies and romanticizes vandalism
"I have a fantasy that all the little powerless losers will gang up together” –Banksy
particularly resonates with youth