I stumbled across the works of Banksy, a UK artist a while back. He uses anonymity, graffitti, surprise and stealth in his art and his messages are usually political and nearly always controversial. he has snuck into the Tate Museum and the Louvre and successsfully placed his own ‘works of art’ amongst the work of ‘genius’. He’s the guy that doctored Paris Hilton’s CDs with the words ‘every CD you buy puts me a little bit out of your league’, when they were released. He also painted such beauties as these:
(above is on the Israel/Palestine wall)
(Banksy uses rats a lot as ‘they exist without permission, have no respect for the hierachy of society and they have sex fifty times a day’).
I love protest graffiti. it makes such a powerful statement and I love the way it moves the power over public space from the hands of the government to us. I dont like kids spraypainting shit all over people’s houses though, but I think that Intelligent Graffiti is an effective and powerful medium of expression.