Thursday, June 25, 2009

Banksy


I couldn't rightfully move on from the graffiti conversation without mentioning Banksy. His street art (which looks a great bit more complicated than graffiti) is always a political or societal commentary to the masses, which is why it works so well on the streets. (I took the picture above just happening upon it in some corner of London).

The ICA in Boston is housing a Shepard Fairey exhibit currently and while I enjoyed seeing his artwork gathered into one place, I do think a gallery exhibition of street art may defeat the purpose altogether. Though Banksy has "displayed" art in museums and galleries, it is never photographs or screenprints of his existing work. Instead, for example, in an exhibition in Los Angeles, he housed an elephant painted in a flowery wallpaper print. His "museum art" challenges the goer by placing an unlikely object in a generally understood environment. Graffiti as art must take note of the wrong and the right place for "things" and then do exactly the unexpected.

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Born and raised under the Los Angeles sun and smog. At sixteen spent some time in LA County Juvenile Detention Center, although never really learned her lesson. Moved to Boston for the classic college experience. Spray painted graffiti in the Paris Metro during six month stay in the Marais. Survived an ultra fabulous and frightening internship at Vogue Magazine while living at a nunnery in Hell's Kitchen. Lived a year in Seoul, a city which can only be compared to a Disneyland theme park. Written four hundred sixty-four words of an undisclosed masterpiece novel. Currently pondering her next adventure and also the meaning of her memoirs from an artist's loft in dirty Brooklyn.