Jun 14, 2012

I Make a Lot of Art Work

I make a lot of artwork, but does anyone care? Or enjoy it? Or think its good? Just wondering...... I certainly don't have a career as an artist by any means or measure. And I'm not sure of any pathway to have a career. But I do spend a lot of time thinking, wanting, and finding time to make work. It is about me, it is my enjoyment & frustration: it is the perfect marriage of both. I have no expectation from anyone to meet, no money to make from it, no art discourse to write, nor any market to supply. My art work can change in the blink of the eye -as it did from figurative, to abstract. No justification is needed, it just felt right.

Vertical Rectangle Variations V

Vertical Rectangle Variations V: Three colour print on A5 paper, 2012

Apr 22, 2012

People are taking the piss out of you everyday

They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply you’re not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else. They are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate. They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it. They are The Advertisers and they are laughing at you.

You, however, are forbidden to touch them. Trademarks, intellectual property rights and copyright law mean advertisers can say what they like wherever they like with total impunity.

Fuck that. Any advert in a public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It’s yours to take, re-arrange and re-use. You can do whatever you like with it. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head.

You owe the companies nothing. Less than nothing, you especially don’t owe them any courtesy. They owe you. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, don’t even start asking for theirs.

- Banksy