Banksy, a woman? Sure why not?

Thursday, 13 November, 2014

Something I’d not thought of before… if the identity of UK street artist Banksy remains unknown, what’s to say Banksy isn’t a woman, rather than a man, which is more commonly assumed?

During the very first interview that Banksy gave to The Guardian, another figure was present (“Steve,” Banksy’s agent). Another figure is always present, says Canadian media artist Chris Healey, who has maintained since 2010 that Banksy is a team of seven artists led by a woman – potentially the same woman with long blonde hair who appears in scenes depicting Banksy’s alleged studio in “Exit Through the Gift Shop”. Although Healey won’t identify the direct source for his highly specific claim, it’s at least as believable as the suggestion that Banksy is and always has been a single man.

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I can stomach the artwork of Banksy, can you?

Wednesday, 12 November, 2014

Artwork by Harley Langberg

Art and dining become one… using fruit, vegetables, and other food stuffs, New York City based artist Harley LangbergHarley Langberg re-creates the works of British street artist Banksy, and others, including Vincent van Gogh and Pablo Picasso.

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I don’t know if it’s Australia’s biggest mural but it sure looks like it

Monday, 14 April, 2014

Melbourne street mural by Rone

Melbourne based street artist Rone has, on the side wall of a nine storey building in downtown Melbourne, created what is said to be Australia’s largest street mural produced by one person. Going by the evidence that looks to be a pretty sound claim.

(Photo by Ben Wesley)

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No limit, if there’s somewhere to paint, the street artist will paint

Friday, 6 December, 2013

An abandoned warehouse or industrial complex… a street artist’s paradise. Sofles, Fintan Magee, Treas, and Quench, didn’t squander the opportunity to transform one such space when it was presented to them recently.

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A lot of art is about being in the right place at right time

Friday, 16 August, 2013

After looking around for almost seven months US street artist ABOVE found just the right spot in Shoreditch, London, for one of his artworks.

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Who profits from street art? The artist or whoever sells it?

Tuesday, 5 March, 2013

An mural by UK street artist Banksy, that had been residing on the side of a building in North London, was recently extracted from the wall, and listed for auction in the US. The work is expected to sell for around US$500,000 but I doubt that Banksy will see a single cent of whatever proceeds the artwork realises.

The incident raises the question though of who owns, and therefore profits, from artworks that are created, illegally to boot, on private property.

The piece in question is titled “Slave Labour,” and first appeared on the side of a discount store in North London in May 2012. CNN reports that many residents grew quite fond of the piece and the attention it gave the neighborhood. Unfortunately for those residents, the piece was abruptly cut out of the wall last week. News soon emerged that the owner of the building had ordered the extraction in order to “preserve” the work. Well, “preserve” is apparently synonymous with “profit off” in the owner’s mind: “Slave Labour” has turned up in the catalog of an auction house in Miami, and will be sold this Saturday in the “Modern, Contemporary and Street Art” collection for an estimated $500,000 to $700,000.

It seems amazing to me, by the way, that given the degree of surveillance in public places, where much of Banksy’s work appears, that his, or her, identity still remains a mystery, even if some people feel they know who the elusive artist is.

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Creating stencil artworks, possibly more intricate than you thought

Friday, 7 September, 2012

Creating stencil artworks is a far from straightforward process, as British street artist Pahnl demonstrates.

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Kid Zoom’s home away from home on Cockatoo Island

Friday, 30 March, 2012

Footage of “Home” – by US based Australian artist Kid Zoom, aka Ian Strange – one of the features of the Outpost Project street art show that took place on Cockatoo Island, in Sydney Harbour, late last year.

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Find, and share, the location of Sydney and Melbourne’s street art

Thursday, 3 November, 2011

Taggr is a smartphone app – which is only available for iPhone at the moment – that lets people upload images of street art in Sydney and Melbourne, and then geo-tag it so others can find and view the work.

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Street art at the Outpost Project, Cockatoo Island, Sydney

Tuesday, 1 November, 2011

Outpost Project at Cockatoo Island

Cockatoo Island, located in the heart of Sydney’s harbour, plays host to the Outpost Project, an exhibition of work by over 150 Australian and international street artists, which opens on Friday, 4 November, 2011, and runs until Sunday, 11 December.

Outpost Project at Cockatoo Island

In the past the island has housed a penal colony, an industrial school, and until 1992 was also a shipbuilding yard, all of which provide a varied abundance of spaces and work surfaces for the exhibiting artists to use as temporary canvases.

Outpost Project at Cockatoo Island

Artists taking part include Anthony Lister (below), Kid Zoom, Max Berry (above), Shida, DMOTE, Meggs, Beastman, Ha Ha, and Vexta, to name but a few. Also on offer is a showing of a private collection of works by Banksy, and Pastemodernism 3, curated by Ben Frost.

Anthony Lister, Outpost Project, Cockatoo Island

The only cost is the price of a ferry ticket to Cockatoo Island, entry to the exhibition itself is free. Yesterday I was invited along for a preview of the show, preparations for which are still very much in progress, and caught a mere glimpse of what is on offer.

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