At the moment, Banksy has the art world in the palm of his hand with New York in a “frozen zone,” awaiting his every next move. It’s actually quite impressive as his one month street tour is a great topic of debate in NYC. His work goes up then comes down, almost never riding clean for long. Most people in general have a tendency to view things from the ‘outside in,’ never reading between the lines.
However, the work he and his team offer the public via the streets provoke many individuals to subconsciously alter their natural thought process, as he forces them to look at things from the ‘inside out.’ He’s literally monkey-wrenching the root of human thought order for your average thinker while adjoining it with a ‘fuck the system’ attitude, thus virtually exposing the status quo with a combination of honesty and anonymity. This seemingly frustrates the average Joe causing a multitude of adverse reactions, and to boot, the fact that he lines his pockets more by the day is likely causing a lot of inner jealousy within the culture. It’s no wonder people are in attack mode versus ‘Banksy’ or ‘Team Banksy,’ goal-wise. An artist’s intent is to always produce a reaction–that is of the utmost importance to any piece of work–and yes, he’s undeniably achieving that.
Whether you like what he does or not, he’s certainly not floating in that alarming state of ‘mediocrity’ that any artist should dread. He’s stirring the pot appropriately, in my humble opinion–as Banksy should. Personally, I’m enjoying his process as I sit back and enjoy the show. I’m a fan and intimately enjoy what he’s doing no matter what the mayor says… How could you not?