Street Art : The Case Of Banksy : Street Art

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While one expects to be surrounded and moved by art when they enter a museum or visit an art gallery, the art which permeates our everyday lives, street art, is often undermined as “not real art” or simply vandalism. In a context other than a formal art environment, however, street artists are able to use the environment that their work is created in or on to contribute to the larger meaning of their piece. Street art “is a paradigm of hybridity in global visual culture, a post-postmodern genre being defined more by real-time practice than by any sense of unified theory, movement, or message” (Irvine 1). Arguably the most well-known street artist alive today, Banksy, a British street artist, creates pieces ripe with social and political satire as well as calls to action. His works, spanning across the globe, are excellent examples of way street art can move beyond aesthetic pleasure and convey powerful social and political messages. Crucial to their message, however, is the external context of each piece. Street art depends on an understanding of its surroundings to be fully impactful and understood. In the case of Banksy, his work, “Follow Your Dreams/Cancelled” in Boston’s Chinatown, conveys a powerful message about the illusion of the “American Dream” and society’s limitations on success and would not succeed in conveying such a message without its strategic placement. Additionally, Banksy’s politically-motivated works in Israel and Palestine utilize the controversial
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