Monday, July 19, 2010

Banksy-Galvanized!


gal·va·nize
Pronunciation: \ˈgal-və-ˌnīz\
1 a : to subject to the action of an electric current especially for the purpose of stimulating physiologically b : to stimulate or excite as if by an electric shock
2 : to coat (iron or steel) with zinc; especially : to immerse in molten zinc to produce a coating of zinc-iron alloy

(The first time I saw Van Goths' Sunflowers, I was galvanized. The first time I listened to Stairway to Heaven I was galvanized. The first time I saw Andy Warhols Screen prints I was galvanized. The first time I saw Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural designs I was galvanized.

Last week, I saw Banksy's Graffiti art for the first time. Galvanized. I am not sure what all this art from high culture to pop culture has in common. I do know the affect it has had on me. It simply speaks of life or beauty, or truth, or justice or intimacy or everlasting life in a way that is galvanizing.

Banksy is a graffiti artist that uses stenciling, humor, and social commentary to damage mostly public property to make very bold statements about government, war, and the human condition. Part anarchist, part guy longing for something meaning in life through art, Banksy, who tries to maintain a cloak and dagger presence (though revealed as Robin Gunningham by press) is selling big and making statements around the world.

Check out his website banksy.co.uk.

One of the really cool things about his site is that he gives us permission to use his art to make our own swag. (See Below)