First things first... Do any of you know who Banksy is?
He is... A Street Artist – this means he does art in the street. This includes GRAFFITI. Probably not really called Banksy. This name is a pseudonym (alias/fake name). Very important to Britains modern culture. Most importantly, THE PUBLIC DO NOT KNOW WHO HE REALLY IS.
His Work The majority of Banksys most well known pieces are outside. His work nearly always has some sort of political, social or moral message. He often sneaks into important places to spray-paint or create art. His work is SATIRICAL. This means it makes fun of something serious within society.
His Style Banksy uses stencils to produce his graffiti. He often uses other pieces of graffiti as a foundation, adding his own work on top. I use whatever it takes. Sometimes that just means drawing a moustache on a girl's face on some billboard, sometimes that means sweating for days over an intricate drawing. Efficiency is the key.
Politics and Society We cant do anything to change the world until capitalism crumbles. In the meantime we should all go shopping to console ourselves. Banksys work has had many themes. Here are a few: anti-war, anti-capitalism, anti-fascism and anti-imperialism. There are many more. He has also criticised aspects of the human condition through is work, such as: greed, poverty, hypocrisy and boredom.
Inside Work Some of Banksys work was not done on the street, although they still maintain the same sort of style. Yet again, they are often satirical, and have a message which is important to him.
Film Banksy has also made a film. It is called Exit through the Gift Shop, and is a documentary about street art. We are going to watch the trailer so that you have an idea of what it is about.
What is your opinion? What do you think about Graffiti? And Street Art in general? Do you think it can be counted as art? Do you think it should be illegal? Can you think of any street art/graffiti you have seen that you really liked? Is there any graffiti in Huesca that you can think of?
The Berlin Wall The remainder of the Berlin Wall has since become a testament to the struggle that Berlin suffered. The remains are covered in graffiti and paintings. It shows that graffiti can have an artistic, social and political importance.
Your Turn. You are going to come up with your own idea for some street art. You need a motive; it could be political, it could be social or it could just be to make fun of a friend. You need a location; Where would it be? What city? What building? You need a tag; this is your graffiti signature. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO DRAW IT IF YOU DONT WANT TO... EITHER WAY, YOU HAVE TO ABOUT WRITE IT.