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The Aftermath Dislocation Principle

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I don’t know about you but I was pretty disappointed when I was unable to obtain a ticket for Banksy’s Dismaland in September. But I was more than ecstatic to learn that one of the works on display at Dismaland I could now see in London. Located in a warehouse by Hoxton Station is Jimmy Cauty’s New Bedford Rising Model Village Experience known as The Aftermath Dislocation Principal. This 448 square foot (1:87 scale) model shows the dystopian city of Bedford being run by the police force. You can see the Princess of Cambridge being taken out of the crumbling city and a “drive -through” McDonalds where a truck has actually driven through the building.

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Banksy + Zabars

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Spotted. Banksy at Zabars. At the junction of 2245 Broadway and 80th Street is Manhattan’s iconic Zabars specialty food store. The famed market known for its bagels and lox isn’t the only attraction bringing in people. Street artist Banksy left his mark on the side of Zabars. A silhouette of a little boy with a carnival like mallet. His placement next to the fire hydrant was deliberate as it appears as though he might crush the hydrant with his mallet.

Happy 2016!

FullSizeRender-2Happy New Year everyone! It is time to make your New Years resolutions! One of my resolutions is to not take what I have for granted. This reminded me of a Banksy work I saw in Park City, Utah of a photographer documenting a small pink flower. The photographer takes a closer look at a gem of nature, something people would pass by without stopping to notice. What are your resolutions for 2016?

DISMALAND

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Photo by Sleeves Rolled Up, Art Against Blacklisting. “Dismaland 28 08 15 A-7355.” Flickr. Accessed September 1, 2015. https://www.flickr.com/photos/60718029@N06/20803977030/in/album-72157655589277384/

 

Banksy’s new five week exhibition in the English seaside town of Weston Super-Mare has people going crazy. A spoof of Disneyland, Banksy’s Dismaland is not the happiest place on earth. Featuring over fifty contemporary artists, attractions such as an overturned Cinderella chariot and a whale resembling Shamu jumping out of a toilet provoke an emotional response by all patrons. But what has fans fuming is the difficulty in buying tickets. The first day tickets were available the website crashed within minutes of being live. Was this part of Banksy’s plan to underscore the theme that this is not a happy place? Upset fans, apparently missing the irony of the situation, grew impatient. I know what they felt. Living in a different time zone, I set my alarm for 4:00 am to try and secure a ticket online only to realize the website had crashed. While I was disappointed I found the entire situation comical. How appropriate that I was so disappointed to not get a ticket to the most unhappy place on earth.