Banksy is perhaps one of, if not the, most celebrated street artists of our time. Even for people who hate his work, one or two pieces stand out as favorites. Well, brace yourselves, readers, because things are about to get meta. Meet Nick Stern, a Los Angeles-based British photographer. His photography has taken him all around the world, to over 45 countries. Right now, however, he’s known for bringing the world Bansky’s created into fleshy, spongy life.
Banksy won our hearts years ago when he mysteriously showed up on the scene, leaving street art that was at times a political commentary, pensive, and even humorous. Like Zorro or Batman, the calling card that was his art created quite the following. As with most graffiti artists, his work shows up mysteriously on the sides of unsuspecting buildings. Best of all, it’s free. It’s no wonder, then, that Banksy has inspired some imitators over the years. Banksy is one of many artists that have revived the interest in graffiti as an art form. He’s been praised for bringing art back to those who can’t afford gallery visits and helping to change the perception people have of graffiti as just “vandalism”.
Although the rainy days this weekend might suggest an early Fall, Summer is still not over. Especially not in the Hamptons. Here's our picks for this weekend!
Friday August 19th
17th Annual Montauk Art Show on the Green
Hosting 84 artists from 16 different states the 17th Annual Montauk Art Show will have a display of original art pieces from photography and sculpting to jewelry and digital art. Click here for the complete list of artists.
In the classic Pulp Fiction breakfast scene (I know, I know, what scene isn't classic in that film) between John Travotla and Samuel L. Jackson, Jules Winnfield proclaims he "just don't dig on swine." His explanation for this declaration is that pigs are "filthy animals" and that he doesn't eat filthy animals. While Jules has his strong opinions about his dietary restrictions, I'm sure plenty of bacon loving party-goers won't share the same sentiment as they head to Brooklyn for 3rd Ward 's 4th Annual Pig Out on Saturday, July 23rd, from 2-9pm. The celebration will include innovative BBQ delights, live music, DJs, and some education demos. The live music will include the bands Union Street Preservation Society and the Northern Bells.
A little girl named Gracie got to see Banksy’s Exit Through the Gift Shop with her family and came away inspired. She is determined to become a street artist when she grows up. The job is a bit of a dangerous one to start practicing for now, though, and while the concept of tiny child-sized handcuffs is cute, it’s a little early to encourage vandalism.
Gracie’s parents, however, had a solution that was legal, creative, and a crowd pleaser. They gathered some rocks. Actually, they gathered a lot of rocks. While their parents took care of the coloring for them, all four of their children got to choose a color and begin painting as many faces on the rocks as possible. A few days later they hit the town and hid a rock in every spot imaginable.
Banksy, perhaps the most famous street artist of our time, is back in action in L.A. this week. After a few of his pieces were defaced, it seems he hit up some old locations to put a new spin on those old pieces.
His piece, dubbed the Crayola Shooter, depicting a small boy in military uniform with gun surrounded by crayon flowers, had been found defaced a while ago. Splashed almost entirely with paint, the work was going to be worth a log of money and sold by the property owner. Similar cases have been found with some of his other pieces and a few have even been removed.
A graffiti artist known as "the Decapitator" with a penchant for replacing ordinary poster images with a beheaded replacement has begun a reign of terror on New York City streets.
The anonymous artist has a flickr pool displaying the multitude of decapitations.
The latest victim, Shakira on the Rolling Stone cover poster, has been vandalized around the city and even on the actual magazine cover in newsstands. The decapitator plasters on a perfectly detailed image on top of the advertisements. The replacement often creates a disturbing image including blood splatter on the surroundings and putting the lone headless victim in a group of others cheering and smiling.