“Photos by Wooster Collective
As we continue our coverage of the latest developments from the legendary street artist Bansky, we have to admit that this latest exhibition has to go down in history as one of his greatest. Banksy, the undercover street artist from the UK who’s work notoriously shows up around the world in the streets (and museum placed by himself before they get removed) of the most interesting places, uses his creative skills and energy to illustrate just how messed up this world has become and to question the meaning of street art. Search “Banksy” on Label Networks and you’ll come up with a series of stories on his street art commentary and the state the world, from Jerusalem to New Orleans, and now, back in New York City, specifically at 89 West 7th Avenue.
Thanks to the updates from the best graffiti and street art sites on the planet, Wooster Collective, the discovery of what looked like a small pet store was revealed. Inside this tiny space in lower Manhattan are animatronics such a bunny rabbit in front of a mirror putting on make-up with it’s head moving back and forth as though examining itself in the mirror, chicken McNuggets on a chicken farm drinking from a sauce container, hotdogs in a fishing bowl that swim, and a faux leopard with a swinging tail on a tree branch in the window display.
Unlike Banksy’s larger show in a warehouse in downtown LA last year filled with massive pieces of artwork and installations including a live pink elephant (which attracted a fair share of celebs, including Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt during the exclusive pre-party), his latest exhibition space in New York fits maybe 20 people at a time. And there’s no graffiti or drawings anywhere. It’s a complete departure from his normal fare but then again, that’s not all that surprising with Banksy who continues to surprise everyone else. The cool thing is that you can see a lot of the exhibition from the “store” windows. The show runs until Halloween.
Here%u2019s what Banksy had to say about it all, according to Wooster Collective: “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.”
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