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Entries in Banksy (3)

Monday
Apr022012

THE PHILOSOPHY OF DEFACEMENT - BANKSY, SECOND POINT

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A second insightful quote from one of the our most articulate and interesting street artists, Banksy. As the artist states in the book Wall and Piece:

The people who truly deface our neighborhoods are the companies that scrawl giant slogans across buildings and buses trying to make us feel inadequate unless we buy their stuff. They expect to be able to shout their message in your face from every available surface but you're never allowed to answer back. Well, they started the fight and the wall is the weapon of choice to hit them back.

The smug ease that characterizes the presentation of advertising messages truly begs for defacement. Clever, smart-ass or plain idiotic, all commenters and doodlers should feel free to enter a public dialog with our friends in the advertising biz, they love their own talk — they just assume that anyone who talks back won't be heard. 

Using mockery to interact with public sales pitches is a reasonable form of speech and a proportionate response to the pushiness and power of the ad biz, but exercise caution free-speachers, sometimes a reasonable response can get you disproportionately arrested. 

Thursday
Mar012012

THE PHILOSOPHY OF DEFACEMENT - BANKSY, FIRST POINT

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Some people are not interested in explanations or excuses regarding graffiti defacements. We here at NYD are fine with simply presenting the scribbles and scrawls of New Yorkers without making much of a case for why they happen and why we like them (although our book New York Dick does feature some ramblings along those lines.) But for the sake of those who are unconvinced that advertising posters deserve what they get, we here present the first in a series of comments making the case for defacements. 

The street-culture-interaction artist known as Banksy, who produces moving and beloved work around the world, also produces excellent explanations of why we should feel free to modify the cooperate world's verbal and visual statements aimed at us. In the book Wall and Piece Banksy describes "Brandalism" and accounts for legitimate graphic responses to it:

Any advertisement in public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It belongs to you. It's yours to take, re-arrange and re-use. Asking for permission is like asking to keep the rock someone just threw at your head.

Though many of the poster defacers in NYC have not heard of Banksy they would probably agree with his comments. Their output is not always as clever as his, but their heart (or dick, or snarky remark) is in the right place, clearly in harmony with his philosophy of wholesome resistance to loathsome marketing.

NYD greatly appreciates the clear and compelling statements Banksy makes, whether stenciled on a wall or not, and we hope that creative confrontation with advertising continues to blanket subway posters. We also hope the defacers of NYC don't get too arty and abandon the graphic language of peckers, broken teeth and zombie eyes (probably no danger here.) Thanks for keepin' it real NYC, and thanks Banksy for keepin' it lucid.

Thursday
Nov182010

PRIME BANKSY, OR NOT

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Is it art, political statement, or vandalism? Is it even a "real" Banksy? Is it even a "real" story? Debate continues. One thing we know for sure, it really is a representation of a bifurcated hairy scrotum framing the staid and proper doorway of Number 10 Downing street thus presenting it to an amused world as a seven foot penis.

This scrotum/penis defacement isn't on a New York City subway poster but the spirit is deeply in tune with the sentiment of NYD. New York gets the meaning of a big dingus in a meaningful place, The Poke gets it, and now in a manner of speaking No. 10 Downing Street gets it too.

Our thanks go out to this unknown street/photoshop artist, even if the story is fake the feeling is real. Take a look at the article posted by The Poke for more details.