November 15, 2008

The Calder Game Trivia – Answer!

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The answer to my trivia question on The Calder Game is Banksy.
Congrats to Emma for being the first person to get it right!

But Banksy
himself is another mystery — because no one knows who he is! According
to people who have interviewed him, he was born in 1974 and is from
Bristol, England. His artwork is mostly a combination of graffiti and
stencils, and it has shown up in cities all over the world. But what
makes him different from the average graffiti artist is the message
that his art has. He wants to shock people and make them think about
things they take for granted in their every day life.

My favorite example of this is from 2004, when he hung up his own painting (a painting that looked like the Mona Lisa but with a yellow smiley face) in the Louvre in Paris, France (which is the museum where the real Mona Lisa
is on display). His painting was taken down by the museum staff, but
having it up wasn't the point. When asked about it, Banksy supposedly
said, "To actually go through the process of having a painting selected
must be quite boring. It's a lot more fun to go and put your own one
up." I don't recommend you do that, but you should question art. Just because someone has deemed something museum-worthy doesn't mean it has to be good (and vice versa!).

This October, when I found out that Banksy had opened a "store" in NYC, I made sure to go check it out.

The Village Petstore and Charcoal Grill looked like a regular storefront, resembling a pet store at first glance.


Just a bunny in the window. Or is it?

Then, you take a closer look:


Banksy's rabbit is testing cosmetics!

Each of the eight exhibits required a double (and sometimes triple) take.

What you think is a large cat sitting in a tree turns out to be a fur coat:


And, a chicken and chicken nuggets share a coop:


The chicken nuggets peck for BBQ sauce.

What you can't see in the photographs is that all of these "animals" were animatronic. That means there
were little robot-like motors in them. The cat's tail (or
coat's arm) was twitching back and forth. The nuggets really pecked.

And the fish sticks swam in the tank as people gathered around to watch:

And the fish sticks swam in the tank as people gathered around to watch:

But I think the pièce de résistance was Banksy's take on people:

wearing headphones with a remote control, surrounded by empty
pizza boxes, crushed cans, and
National Geographic magazines
monkeys on TV.

And I'll leave you with that because the point of Banksy's work is figuring out what you think about it.

— Carly H., STACKS Staffer

  1. BeccaMonkey987

    Wow. I really like his work because it brings across a message, and an important one too. It shows what we’re doing to the animals, that everything has to come from somewhere. The monkey shows how things are when they’re taken out of the wild… I think… Or it could show us, how we don’t seem to care about all this… I like the second idea better.

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