Friday, October 10

Banksy: "Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill"

A clear departure form last year's "Elephant-Sized" show in Los Angeles, Banksy's first show in New York City (the "others" have been fakes) is being held in a tiny storefront which is less than 300 square feet and couldn't possibly hold more than 20 people at any time.
Banksy on his new installation:

“New Yorkers don’t care about art, they care about pets. So I’m exhibiting them instead. I wanted to make art that questioned our relationship with animals and the ethics and sustainability of factory farming, but it ended up as chicken nuggets singing. I took all the money I made exploiting an animal in my last show and used it to fund a new show about the exploitation of animals. If its art and you can see it from the street, I guess it could still be considered street art."

One of our favorite things about what Banksy has done is that the entire show is completely visible to the public, both day and night, through the store front windows. The genius is that most passer-bys won't even notice the exhibit, only true Banksy fans or the very curious will be lucky enough to stumble onto pure artistic genius. So unless you live/breathe eat/sleep Banksy like us, it's nearly impossible to know that the work has been done by Banksy. There are no paintings or graffiti in the entire space to identify it as the work of the famed street artist.

So here's just a taste of what you'll experience in Banksy's "Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill".

Starting the moment you read this, until October 31st (Halloween), Banksy's pet store is officially open each and every daily from 10am until midnight. Bring a video camera, photos can't do this exhibit justice.

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