We know the art, but not the artist. “Banksy” is what they call this prolific and unseen graffiti artist/activist whose calling card is dark humor at the root of his visual/environmental storytelling.
Green marketers, take note: selling sustainability isn’t about penning the perfect ad, creating a mountainous card deck of powerpoint facts and figures, or blathering on in green marketing blogs (Ok, so I might be guilty of that one on occasion). It’s about disrupting people at just the right time and place to…
…elicit a pause, solicit a thought, and be complicit in a behavior change.
This just it and I had to include it to the urban pranksterism that is Banksy.
Do you have a favorite artwork by Banksy that you’d like to share?
at 2:16 pm
More great pictures.
at 8:42 am
I don’t get it.
In the first picture, I understand the artist thinks my SUV caused that particluar flood (but can’t blame incandescent lights bulbs for all the other floods in the previous millions of years), but what’s with the umbrella and skeleton?
Can someone with a sympathetic heart for slow people like me explain the messages?
at 9:57 am
Pat, the other day, Parker and I were in the bleachers at an ASU football game. In front of us sat this early 20-something student with his ASU baseball cap blinged out and sitting cockeyed on his head. I pointed to the guy and mentioned to Parker that I just didn’t get the look. He said, “Dad, maybe you’re reading too much into it.”
I think Banksy’s work is left to the participant to translate in their own way. Not sure there is a universal meaning in all of his art.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
at 1:22 pm
You don’t get the blinged-out cock-eyed cap look? Dude, you’re so out of it. It’s a babe magnet.
Regarding this ‘art’, maybe I am trying to read too far into it. I’ll spoend the energy elsewhere and place Banksy in with the rest of the graffiti artists.
at 10:03 pm
I’ll go to the crutch. We’re talking about it…that’s the desired response. Banksy, as he as done on so many other occasions, has cultivated a response…he’s created awareness. As Park said, the work is always left to be translated by the participant in their own fashion. The details are up to your interpretation but the general message is there pretty plainly and, Pat, I think you picked up on that general message loud and clear based on your initial response. We’re now engaging about his work like so many other people have done..his work is simply impactful. Perhaps Banksy’s superhero, clark kent, alter ego disguise is a social media strategist 🙂
at 7:58 am
Hmmm, hadn’t thought of him as a super hero social media strategies, but the shoe kind of fits. Thanks Eric.
at 6:44 pm
How about “pollution” as an adjective of his work?
at 5:28 pm
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