DO THEY OWE US A LIVING?
Banksy is an anonymous English street art Artist and activist who has become a cult hero for his anti-establishment and rebellious artwork. Unlike someone who stays in his house all day drawing comics and watching Simpsons’ reruns, Banksy is a REAL artist who challenges the status quo, forces people to think and puts himself in danger, all while remaining a complete mystery to the world. I mean think about it, he’s one of the most famous artists on the planet, his work has been popping up in major cities for the past 10 years and sell for millions of dollars and no one knows who the hell this guy is! The guy definitely has my respect.
If you haven’t seen it, I recommend the documentary Banksy directed, Exit Through the Gift Shop. What was meant to be a film about Banksy instead turned into a movie about a man who was obsessed by Street Art and then by succeeding to meet Banksy. Although it’s a ‘mockumentary’ and the plot a set-up, it’s still a brilliant film. It not only documents the street art movement, it also deals with the meaning of art, and whether or not an artist actually needs any talent or can just survive on hype alone. It also is about us and how we receive and perceive what they do. Brilliant.
Check out Banksy’s 2004 book Cut It Out. Some of the passage were inspired/appropriated from an essay by artist Sean Tejaratchi. The last couple of sentences from the above comic have been taken from this book and rearranged.