Budding Banksy
Budding Banksy
By: jbhthescots@mac.com, Categories: Words & Images, 1 comment

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Not everyone agrees that art should be just accessible in galleries. Graffiti is an art form that just wouldn’t work in galleries – it’s meant to liven up the streets, to pull people up short and surprise them. And Graffiti Street Art has risen to a whole new level of acceptance – and collect-ability – thanks to the likes of Banksy, the quasi-anonymous English graffiti artist regarded as “the Scarlet Pimpernel of modern art.”

 

Banksy made his name with his trademark stencil-style ‘guerrilla’ art (such as a rat riding a scooter and a bandana-masked protester hurling a bouquet of flowers) in public spaces – on walls in London, Brighton, Bristol and even on the West Bank barrier separating Israelis and Palestinians – with his works having sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars; and with dozens of celebrity collectors including Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Christina Aguilera. There’s even an entertaining 2010 Oscar-nominated documentary on him, Exit Through the Gift Shop.

 

Budding Banksy’ can be seem everywhere now, and this one in today’s photograph struck nearby recently in Belltown that pulled me up short with surprise, as it parodies the TV satellite dish attached to the chimney. But he’s not everyone’s cup of tea, as he’s often controversial; as witness his recent month-long sojourn in New York that divided the city, where he went against the grain of the Establishment by saying the biggest eyesore there is not the graffiti, but the construction going on at ground zero. Not long after – surprise, surprise – there came condemnation from Mayor Bloomberg followed by a crack down by cops on Banksy’s graffiti art.

 

Leica R8 & 90mm Elmarit-R,

Ilford Delta 100,

HC-110 (Dil.H – 1:63 @ 10 minutes),

Plustek 7600i & Vuescan

 

 

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