Monday, April 22, 2013

Graffiti Stencil (2005) by Banksy 'Window on the West Bank'

So inspiring, and so intriguing.

Street art is considered to be lucrative, and trashy. It is not environmental and absurd. With all that said, it is a norm that is followed to perceive such a intuition towards street art. This major generalization does not hold true for not one little exposed brick out there in society. Where some people tag walls for gang territory purposes, you have street artists expressing their feelings on the walls. It is the avant garde of today, and the shortest line of connection between the upcoming youth and art.

I remember from my own childhood that one would have to account for museums to see art exhibited under ethical terms, and to be quite frankly it made a lot of sense to me, but as art develop and deviate from its origins to its next revolutionized form it goes through a special transformation. That transformation involves heaven and hell to be strict. Critics rage about the shift, the viewer will be either more or less intrigued, the public has a say, and the whole spiral of people surrounded and influenced by art will go through some sort of change.

One encounter change all the time. Just as we speak, art, to take an example, is changing in a way that we will get to see when it is public through our social media. Everyday is innovative and life changing, and our artist, Banksy, is a living, breathing example.

With a masked identity to protect his freedom, Banksy travels the world to project his art against any canvas that can be a potential victim for his excellence. Specifically, in this piece, there is a political image of dismay that we can look back on forever to be in regret. The Window on the West Bank is a very upsetting representation for some. It fires up in different chambers of emotions for different people, but nevertheless, it projects a strong political statement that we are all familiar with.

Repetitive world history would give the implication that failure will by all means be rejected, and solved for better times, but disappointingly it is an ongoing ignorance. We say the The Great Wall of China, The Berlin Wall, and now The West Bank Barrier, all with the same purpose, which is to separate people.

Banksy takes a relaxed living room setting and projects a window in the middle that shows beautiful landscape and tranquility. Revolutionary in thought, we are experiencing this on safe distance. This art brought on an intense provocation and political stigma for change. SO just like many 'museum artists', Banksy is expressing a statement, a very wide open statement with great food for thought, or should I say food for change?


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