Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
Contemporary art is one of those things that doesn’t tickle me fancy that much, since it appears to have evolved over the years toward the absurd, as provocative as it sometimes is. It’s as much performance these days as it is “pieces.” Of course, I speak as someone who doesn’t know anything about it, so you can’t go by me, and if you love contemporary art I don’t want to spoil it for you. I just keep thinking of Yoko Ono’s ladder with the word “yes” taped to the ceiling above and I go (like George Martin said about a lot of the Beatles’ ideas), “Oh, honestly.”
But for some reason I’ve always appreciated what Banksy, the street artist with an electronically altered East Ender’s voice, has thrown against the wall, so to speak. And part of his cachet is that he’s totally anonymous. Or was, until, possibly, now.
In an interview, DJ and former graffiti artist, Goldie, accidentally referred to Banksy as “Robert,” which got everyone to thinking that the Robert in question is Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja, or “3D.” Apparently he’s been a candidate for some time, since it seemed like Banksy works would turn up in places where Massive Attack was appearing on tour. I think it would be cool if 3D were Banksy and he was living a genuinely Renaissance Man life of art and music and urban in-your-face relevance.
But some people think that “Banksy” is an art collective of many people, and that’s a pretty cool idea too. Kind of like “Shakespeare.”
We might never know if 3D is Banksy, but whoever Banksy is, I really love his (or hers, or their) project in Israel’s West Bank (Bethlehem, of all places) — “The Walled Off Hotel” — where you can enjoy “the worst view in the world.” You’ll also receive graffiti materials with which you can decorate the “anti-terrorism” barrier wall, which seals off the West Bank from Israel proper, in your own fashion. I don’t know if the inn is booked solid, but it’ll definitely provide a holiday you’ll never forget.
That’s the kind of contemporary art I can appreciate. Thanks, Bob!
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