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Woollen Graffiti?

Posted in ART, ART VIDEOS with tags , , , on May 29, 2010 by echostains

Quite by chance I came across a new urban  art form.  It’s called  Yarn storming, It’s a  kind of woolly graffiti which is made by knitters to brighten up the streets last summer.  I’ve written about  the fabulous Christo and Jeanne Claude, the artists who wrapped buildings and places of interest, this isn’t quite in their league though…..  I can’t really see this taking off though and I would like to see the wool put to better use (keeping homeless people warm for example).  I wonder what happens to the yarn when it gets wet , which must be a daily hazard given our weather.  It must look soggily sad.  It’s not for me I’m afraid, though I applaud Knit the City Yarn Corps  artistic right to do it.  I wonder what you think though?

video by beagleskin

‘Art I LOVE: Banksy’

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, FAVORITE ART: Art I LOVE with tags , , , , on January 14, 2010 by echostains

I have always been a big fan of Banksy, the anonymous graffiti artist.  I don’t want to get into the rights or wrong of graffiti, I can see both sides.  Not only do I like the ‘art’, (and it is art – an expression), I like the political and topical statements the graffiti makes.  This artist  featured in an essay of mine called ‘Rage Against the Machine’ (yes, that’s right – recently been in the charts at No. 1. depriving poor Joe Mcelderry of his  X Factor Christmas number 1. )  I may try to find this and put it on my new Bookstains’ blog.  It features other artists who have ‘raged against the machine’ (I’m talking about the conventional Art machine here by the way – that not everyone wants to join).


Banksy Turf War

 Nobody knew for sure the real identity of Banksy the artist, though it has now been revealed.  He was born in Bristol, UK in 1974 according to information in Wikipedia.  Banksy started off as an aerosol graffiti artist, but then started to use stencils a lot because they take a shorter.  Time is of course the essence when you are a graffiti artist.  Though no one  knows where he will strike next, Banksy has had quite a few exhibitions. 


pigs turf wars

 One that caused a lot of controversy in 2003 was ‘Turf Wars’.  This exhibition, held in a warehouse was disrupted when an animal rights person chained themselves to railings in protest of the artist painting the animals (literally).  The RSPCA had deemed the conditions suitable, but the exhibition was cut short.


Turf Wars 'kids learn fast'

Banksy likes to draw attention to social issues through his art (and it is art).  Subjects like homelessness, global warming and  War are among some of the social commentary and statements he makes.  He uses symbols like rats, gas masks, Jesus and even art historical references.  He subverts popular figures like Mickey Mouse and Ronald MacDonald…….. climbs into zoos, travels the world and can strike anywhere!


powerful statements

Banksy also likes to infiltrate art galleries, surreptitiously putting a piece of his own work up.  One piece (a picture he bought from a charity shop and subverted into a statement by stencilling police tape onto the rural picture) managed to hang on Tate Britain’s wall  before it fell off and was then discovered.

Excellent site for this artist’s work HERE

Banksy’s own website HERE

Who is Banksy?  HERE’S one theory that’s been around for ages and sadly appears to be true.  Spoilsports!