Monday, July 02, 2007

Art Space News: Is Banksy for the People?


The latest artwork thought to be by guerrilla artist Banksy has appeared on the streets of Glastonbury. An outhouse served as the 'canvas' for this latest work- which depicts a life-size image of a police officer frisking a young girl. The local police office was swamped with complaints about the piece. However, nothing can be done about it since the image is on private property.
Derek Balmer, from the Royal West of England Academy had the following to say about Bansky: "He has received publicity as no-one knows who he is". Mr. Balmer suggests that the popularity of Banksy is only due to his mysterious persona. However, hundreds- if not thousands- of people in England and throughout the world would disagree with that charge.
Many observe the work of Banksy as a form of 'visual voice' for the people. In that sense he has become a political underdog offering his own blend of social commentary. The question is... does Banksy want that role? Does he want to be a voice for the people? What do you think?
Take care, Stay true,
Brian Sherwin

4 comments:

Micke said...

Banksy isn't a voice for the people, he is his own voice. If you agree with his views then good, if you don't, then thats equally as good. He just has the courage to visually say what he wants...

Anonymous said...

BANKSY IS A ONE LINER

Anonymous said...

Wherever Banksy puts the work, it's pretty amazing technically and visually, which cannot be said for most of the artwork out there let alone "street art."

Anonymous said...

We need a BANKSY in every corner of the world. He knows how to stop people and think about love between war and peace,childhood and motherhood,dreams and present days...
BANKSY I hope your work never ends...
Thanks from my corner!