Art or Vandalism? Street art by Banksy“A challenge to graffiti art is that it is forced on the public because peoplehave no say in its production . . . Billboards, campaign ads, and flyers arealso forced on the public.” George Stowers 2008
W B H AAn Anonymous artist O N KActive since 1990 I SStarted working out of Bristol, UK S Y
Art works? By Banksy“We can’t do anything to change the world untilcapitalism crumbles. In the meantime we shouldall go shopping to console ourselves.” Banksy
Art’s curious relationship with graffiti
Tools and TechniquesTools used spray paint, stencils, airbrushWorks have to be done quicklyCopies or steals from known artists and other street artists
Satire“I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance. . .that a young healthy child nursed, is at a year the most delicious, nourishing, and wholesome food. . . “Jonathan Swift ‘A Modest Proposal’ 1729“Sometimes I feel so sick at the state of the world, that I can’t even finish my second apple pie”Banksy 2007
Using Satire in art works Using humor or irony as a constructive social criticism.Napalm Girl photo Mickey Mouse and Ronald McDonaldNick Ut 1972 paint on Concrete Banksy
Questions to discuss• Does the fact that something is illegal or temporary mean that it can’t be seen as art?• How would you feel if someone destroyed your artwork?• How is color and line used in graffiti art?• How or why do graffiti artists use satire or humor in their work?• How are the two quotes in the presentation similar and different?
ProjectMake a poster that uses an iconicimage, a historical event and/or acurrent event to create a satiricaladvertisement. The People’s RestaurantUse computers, photos,paint and and foundimages.
CreditsSwift, Jonathan, A Modest Proposal, 1729Ut, Nick, Napalm Girl, 1972Stowers, George, “Graffiti Art: An Essay”, 2008, www.graffiti.org/faq/stowers.htmlThebeggerblade.comBlog.vandalog.comSincity212.tumbler.comWeburbanist.comLeninimports.comVoila-madam.comSubaquatica.comTimkerr.netWhatonyourwall.comIdeasinart.comNyoneill2.travlerspoint.com