"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give a reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect." 1 Peter 3:15

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Oh Tom Sawyer, you rascal you...

Here is my latest graffitied thrift shop painting. 

Why did Tom Sawyer have to white wash the fence in the first place?

Conspiracy Theory: Tom Sawyer is Banksy.

For those of you who don't know Banksy, he is a famous, yet unidentified (until possibly now...we're onto you Sawyer...), street artist. You can visit his website here.

It was fun uniting my favorite artist with the stories of one of my favorite writers as a kind of tribute to both of them (though I'm not so sure either of them would necessarily appreciate the tribute). Also a tribute to Jim Daly. It is his painting I defaced, after all (I've colaborated with many a gifted artist this way...they just don't know it).

Banksy is part of a new documentary called Exit through the gift shop about street art, the commercialization of art, what makes art art, etc.  It's brilliant.  Like Banksy himself, the movie is enigmatic.  Its hard to tell if whats playing out is for real or a beautifully crafted hoax.  Personally, I don't care one way or the other. 

Hulu is streaming it here for free!  I warn that the movie is rated R; there is some course language, and, well...graffiti is illegal. 


Taylor said...

I've said it before, but this is wonderful.

ty said...

Thanks Taylor :) Have you seen Exit through the Gift shop yet? I think you would love it!

Taylor said...

Nope, not yet. I will when I get the chance.