Nick Stern’s Live Banksy Recreations
Years have passed since the release of the documentary Exit Through The Giftshop, but if you scour the Internet for any period of time, it is as if Banksy mania is just getting started. The allure surrounding the obscure artist stems from his unapologetic approach to street art, including witty offenses against bureaucracy and clever commentary on important social issues.
In a new homage to the man whose face we may never see, Los Angeles-based British photographer Nick Stern recreated the graffiti artist’s most famous street art using live people. “You Are Not Banksy” is a series of costumed figures posing as if they are a Banksy masterpiece. They aren’t a Banksy, but who is?
In the mysterious realm of street art, Banksy is the king of trickery. This mystery has created a larger-than-life figure which has hyped his art into a commodified persona. Many people are profiting off of Banksy’s anti-art world idea, ironically, within the art world. From art auctions to t-shirts to anything else you could get in a gift shop, a new Banksy piece ultimately means exploitation and profit.
But Stern’s Banksy-inspired project deviates from exploitation and lands closer in the department of clever fan art, much like street artist Hanksy, but in the third dimension.
The photographer explains his project, “It was a lot of work as I wanted to make sure every photo was an accurate representation, but the final results were worth it. For weeks leading up to each of the shoots, I scoured Ebay to find props such as Jesus’ ring of thorns and the police helmets and even made some of them, like the RPG, myself. I just hope Banksy likes what I have done.”
However, he is looking to profit off of these “limited edition” fine art prints on his online store. We’re not sure if Banksy would approve.
Photos courtesy of My Modern Met.