Dismaland: Bemusement Park. Photo by Yui Mok/PA from The Guardian
Almost two years after Banksy left his mark on the streets and walls of New York City with his 31 Day Residency, he’s taken on another large-scale project in his home country. On the site of an abandoned resort on the coast of England at Weston-super-Mare, Banksy has created Dismaland: Bemusement Park, with the appropriately depressing tagline: The UK’s Most Disappointing New Visitor Attraction.” It opened today to locals only, and thereafter tickets can be purchased online up to 10 days in advance (if the website isn’t down), with some limited tickets available each day at the door.
It has been a little over 12 months since Banksy’s NYC residency came to an end last Halloween with his final act of vandalism: his name in big, shiny, silver bubble letters (quite literally) hanging from a wall in Queens, two months before the infamous white-washing of 5Pointz. The bubble letters were taken by the NYPD, who took them from two amateur thieves (who could have taken a lesson or two from Thomas Crown). Shouts from a crowd of onlookers were first aimed at the thieves and later, to the police; some of them (including Brooklyn Street Art’s Jamie Rojo) were arrested. The entire maddening scene was recorded on video and put on YouTube, Instagram, Vine etc. It was an outlandish ending to one of the most bizarre and polarizing art events to ever happen in NYC.
What Banksy personally accomplished with his Better Out Than In project is unknown to us (or anyone who isn’t Banksy. But the artist, whose message is as illusory as his identity, may not have anticipated the fury of the social media firestorm, so much so that someone would want to document the madness and have it shown on HBO.
Image via Banksy
Banksy’s 2013 NYC residency was 10 months ago and people are still talking about it. For 31 days this past October, the elusive, controversial and extremely polarizing British street artist Banksy took up shop in NYC for his latest art show/project/thing-to-piss-people-off titled Better Out Than In. Ten months removed from the madness and excitement (and constant debates) he caused in our fair city, renowned street art/graffiti photographer and independent publisher Ray Mock is publishing the book Banksy in New York, which releases August 15th at noon EST. The 120-page photography book and critique positions itself as “the ultimate companion to the British’s artist month-long project on the streets of New York in October, 2013.” (more…)
Because it is 2014 and LEGO’s have taken over every screen imaginable, it was only a matter of time before LEGO street art would happen. Award winning photographer Jeff Friesen, who professionally takes non-LEGO pictures also runs the The Brick Fantastic, where he posts LEGO themed photography of his own making. His previous series of LEGO photography include The Great LEGO North and 50 States of LEGO; his latest series, first reported by Fubiz, is a series of LEGO photographs honoring the work of UK street artist and filmmaker Banksy. (more…)
In 1994, a small group of artists and art collectors in San Francisco banded together to produce a magazine. Their goal was to bring the graffiti, street art, illustration, photography and the Kustom Kulture style of California to a much broader audience. The group building this magazine wanted nothing to do with convention, and in the 20 years Juxtapoz Magazine has been in circulation, unconventional artists have found been featured in the magazine’s pages.
Pianos, an indie music venue on Ludlow Street
The Lower East Side has historically been home to a large immigrant population specifically those of Eastern European Jews. In the 1960s and 1970s the neighborhood saw a shift–the shape of the neighborhood began to develop a sprawling indie music scene. Central to this neighborhood was that of Ludlow Street. From Pianos to Cake Shop, the street has played host to a vast array of defining music venues with such acts as the Velvet Underground gaining its foot hold on the New York scene in the area.