[Okay, so just a heads up, it has been a while since I’ve seen the movie that I’m going to be blogging about… With that said, let’s go!]
So Thierry Guetta, a French immigrant, learns that his cousin is Invader. And since Thierry always has a camera on hand, he asks if he can start filming him. After a while, Thierry starts getting his name out there, with the street art community that is. Thierry keeps hearing more and more about Banksy. He tries to find more about him, to no avail. But, one day, he gets a call from Banksy. Thierry, whose street art name is Mister Brainwash, starts filming Banksy and the public’s reaction. Because Banksy says Mister Brainwash’s art is good, galleries show his work, yet not excepting other artists works. From what I can remember, the movie was okay as a whole, but sometimes it was hard to follow what was happening. Also, when showing Banksy I remember it was a bit cheap, for want of a better word. But I do remember enjoying all the art. And although the interviews with some of the artists were a bit tedious (if I remember correctly that is), they were useful and helped the viewer understand what was happening.
Okay, so no offence to Mister Brainwash and his art, but in my opinion Banksy and Shepard Fairey’s art had a bit more meaning to it. Shepard Fairey’s art and Banksy’s had a similar feel about it. The color scheme, black and white with red and maybe some blue (the blue mostly for Fairey), and the messages. Shepard Fairey was very political with his art. I believe Banksy’s was as well, just to a different extent. Mister Brainwash’s style seemed like it was just another take off. Fairey looked like someone you wouldn’t likely suspect of street art. Banksy was full of mystery, the one face no one seemed to know, and Guetta was a bit of a joke. I know that I’m now giving him very much credit, but honestly, I guess he didn’t leave a very good impression last year.
Okay, so here are a few of the mysterious Banksy’s pieces:
So for this piece I liked the location, I think it’s perfect here. A ‘beggar’ in an alleyway asking for change, but not coins. I also really enjoyed the message. While everyone gets their own message, I got that ‘We (the public) don’t want your (business’s) coins (bribes). Also, showing that people are not content with the way things are. The contrast of the black and while on the bright red brick wall not only makes it pop and look good, it also shows that ‘basic’ ideas can have greater and many meanings, in other words, simplicity at first glance can actually have great complications If you got something different from this, art is art, take it how you will.
This piece had so much to say I just hope I can say all I need to with out confusing you. I liked how the roles of the two people are switched. The young girl is searching the soldier. He has laid down his weapon. The girl in my mind symbolises the general public. She does not trust the soldier, who represents the government or big corporations. She’s just searching him like she’s owed it, and he’s just taking it like that’s how it is meant to be, or rather, like that’s all he’s been taught. I like the colors, not to harsh. They get the message out there. Also, the location, where a pedestrian or other person might be searched in the real world. I enjoy how the feet stop at the ankles. Somehow, it gives it even more character.
This is yet another inspirational piece. It shows how now and in years to come, we are not told to set out for our dreams. We are given the jobs needed to be done. It shows a man who once had his own dreams, now being sent to cancel other’s. He does this because this is his job. I liked how the ‘Follow your dreams’ looks less “professional” than the ‘Cancelled’. This piece almost seems like the man had once scrawled the bold text on the wall, only to have to take back the words years later. I like how each ‘part’, if you will, is in a different color. The ‘Follow your dreams’, the ‘Cancelled’, and the man. Also, I like how Banksy seems to give most to many of his pieces a new background. I can’t seem to find anything else I would like to put into words about Banksy’s art. I hope you enjoyed this post.