Graffiti, many people loathe what it does to their cities, they find it tasteless, damaging (to property), unlawful, dirty, and some would probably say it is an act of savagery (to name a few negative emotions that graffiti causes to residents). Some use graffiti to mark their territory, to leave a legacy, to express themselves, or even to get a rush of adrenaline for breaking the law. Most cities have called for murals to be painted in their cities to represent a piece of their city, which clearly shows the influence modern style graffiti has had on art. Graffiti has been around since the Stone Age if you really look at it. Graffiti is a form of expression to many as well as a form of art. Some modern day graffiti is quite primitive, looking like a scribbled name by a small child, but some can be very intricate.
Graffiti has played such a role in the helping us understand where we came from pertaining to anthropological studies and if we just took a chance to look at the graffiti through the years, we might be able to understand our own society a bit better. Banksy is one such graffiti artist that uses the art to show his political and social views in a way that almost makes you wish that it was lawful to conduct such activities. He comes from the UK and has done such things as add a piece of art to museums with a description (like any other museum piece) which at times goes almost unnoticed by the art staff. He has also used such props as a defiled phone booth laid out in London to make a statement.
In October, Banksy has come to New York City in hopes of turning heads and to help people understand our international and national actions seen through his own eyes. He really does it in an innovative way that sometimes doesn't use paint.
In this display, he packs a slaughterhouse delivery truck full of stuffed animals calling it, "Sirens of the Lambs". This particular truck toured the a meat packing district in New York for two weeks to show Banksy's distaste for the industry.
This piece is called, "Lower East Side", and it turns a trashed car into a piece of art. His controlled strokes of a spray paint can are like no others and he really knows how to turn and abandoned alleyway into a piece of art.
This piece called "Greenpoint" showcases his satirical humor in how people use statements by philosophers to help bring some more validity and profoundness in what they are trying to say or even in social media to show what they stand for. I think it is a true cry out to the world to be original, convey your points with your own mind. This particular piece was done on day eight of his stay.
This piece came at day eight as well titled, "Brooklyn". It is an ode to all the broken hearts out there and I think it also says that it is funny how we buy flowers and balloons to help save our significant others from having a broken heart because of our mistakes in a relationship (like cheating for instance).
This piece is a satirical piece on how New York turns everything into a musical and it is called "Bushwick".
Another satirical piece that personifies the the fire hydrant as loving the attention from a dog urinating on it, called "Midtown".
This piece is a lot like the previous one, but a bit more blatant. He is definitely a person who is against the same old ideas and status quo.
Banksy has definitely left a mark in society. Many of his pieces have been already painted over, but through photography, they will live forever. I implore you to check out his documentary called, "Exit Through the Gift Shop" it is great and shows you a lot on many of his previous works. Some of his works have sold for thousands.
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