Banksy’s first Australian Interview

The Age has Banksy’s first interview which is pretty funny.

He say’s: ”Making a film isn’t as much fun as it looks. I spent a year in a small, windowless room watching footage of sweaty vandals falling off ladders over and over again,” he says. ”If I make another film it’ll be called something like Kate Moss Undressingand maybe then I’d take more interest in the camera angles.”

So the premier is at the Acmi cinema on the 6th of June at 2pm.  Then from 5pm there’s a bunch of graffiti artists gathering around signing some Melbourne street art book, which could just be seen as signing their signatures.

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Exit through the Gift Shop

Pictures On Walls have 300 free tickets to go see Exit Through the Gift Shop, the graffiti art movie. The link is here

The ‘computer’ will randomly allocate who gets them.  This must be the same random ‘computer’ that allocates Banksy prints on their site. They have  such high demand that you can no longer just buy them when they come up.

They have a nice disclaimer on the email:

“Please note: This offer does not include travel expenses, overnight accommodation in a hotel of your choice and £500 spending money.
The film has a fifteen certificate.”

World’s first Street Art Disaster movie

Described variously as ‘The World’s first street art disaster movie’ and ‘a cautionary modern fairy tale . . . with bolt cutters’ Exit Through the Shop is debuting at the Sundance Flim Festival.  Supposedly it see’s banksy’s first silverscreen appearance, but he could just as easily be fucking with us. 

From his publicict comes this quote:

“Ladies and gentlemen, and publicists:

Trying to make a movie which truly conveys the raw thrill and expressive power of art is very difficult. So we haven’t bothered. Instead, this is simply an everyday tale of life, longing, and mindless vandalism. Everything you are about to see is true, especially the bit where we all lie.

Thanks for coming, please don’t give away the ending on Twitter. And please, don’t try copying any of this stuff at home, wait until you get to work.”

(DeathandTaxes)

See the trailer on his website: BanksyFilm

My Newtown Graffiti book

The final touches to my Sydney, Newtown graffiti book have finally been completed.  Check it out at Blurb.com (link is inlcuded below).

It’s so cool to have it finally completed.  It catalogues about 4 years worth of photos I’ve taken of Sydney’s graffiti neighborhoods of Newtown, Erskineville, Enmore, Camperdown.  

There approxamately 120 photos in all including the original Banksy in Enmore’s Phillip st which has now faded away; the Idiot Box by Andrew Aitken opposite the Imperial Hotel (which has now been scrubbed).  There are a bunch of early Kill Pixie pieces that I love including the first one I ever came across in Camperdown park which said “They sneak, they hide, they kill for cardigans”.  Plus the prolific pasteups and stencils of Stryder X and Glitagrrl.

Check it out and pass on the link to others you think might be interested.

For those of you keen to check out some more of the photos inside, go to:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/noisemachine/

 

Outdoor art of Syd…
By Nick Darcy-Fox

Pest Control v Vermin

 

Seems like the art-graffiti showdown is upon us as Pest Control, the Banksy-backed authentication body set up by Steve Lazarides of Lazarides gallery is attempting to get Vermin’s street art Banksy’s removed from the Lyon & Turnbull Contemporary artauction, set to start viewings on Thursday this week in Marlebone.

The Telegraph has a update on the controversial auction: 

“The sale will clearly be a test case but only, of course, if it actually takes place. As the Daily Telegraph went to press, news was filtering through that Pest Control was seeking to have all the works withdrawn from the sale.”

I’m not surprised they’re trying to get Vermin thrown out. Iif they go ahead it will signify tacit approval that the 2 authentication organisations should generally accepted as  2 sides of the same coin.  I believe a body should exist to authenticate Banksy street art but it should at least be condoned by the artist himself, which it clearly isnt in this case.

As if the Banksy issue wasnt enough, there is a debate going on as to whether Michael Wojas should be in any position to sell the works of the famous artists from the Colony Room Club in Soho since the artists gave the work to the club and not him:

“It is turning very nasty indeed. The members are now demanding that either Wojas proves his title to the works on sale, which is to take place this Saturday and all of which are featured in a lavish catalogue prepared by Lyon and Turnbull, or withdraw them immediately. If he fails to do this, they say, legal action will be taken to have the disputed works removed from the sale.”

Source: The First Post

Great entrance for this art gallery into the art world.

Banksy authentication

(photo - writers own)

an "unauthorised" banksy on city road (photo - writers own)

Artnet have a very interesting article on the companies formed around providing some credibility (note, not authenticity) around street art and more specifically Banksy’s work.

The first is Pest Control, which is loosely based around Lazarides gallery.

This in itself isn’t very surprising as it is the largest distributor of Banksy artwork and prints and owner Steve Lazarides is Banksy’s publicist.

What is surprising is they are only going as far as original artworks and prints and not to actual streetworks.

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Cans Festival 2 at Waterloo

Leake street has gone through another incarnartion as officially sanctioned graffiti zone. The first Cans Festival in May was restricted to stencil art but this bank holiday has been extended to free hand.

No Banksy’s on display on this one, I’m afraid. But stacks of burnt out cars with Jackson Pollock-syled paint splatterings that seemed to remind of some U2 Zooropa video, or something.

I was down there yesterday and took some photos which I posted on my Flickr account:

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