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Banksy show [20051015|16:48]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Banksy, guerrilla stencil artist extraordinaire, has a show featuring a number of his cheeky oil paintings on in a tiny gallery in Notting Hill for the next 9 days. Wear trousers and a pair of shoes of which you're not particularly fond. Bring your camera, because photography is allowed encouraged. I brought my Canon Powershot because I wasn't sure if my dSLR would be confiscated at the door. Now I have to go back with the proper camera next week. Oh...darn?

For those in Camden, take the 31 towards Notting Hill Gate, get off at Westbourne Grove in front of the Deli and round the corner to the left. Then look for the crowd of people peering in the window.

At the colony of live rats scurrying around the gallery floor.


Banksy remix of Hopper
Rats in vase
Close-up of rats in vase
Rats and skelly
People outside the gallery
Ballerina in gas mask
Bust in ski mask
There will always be another rat, Mr Vandemar.
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[User Picture]From: seismic
2005-10-15 16:40 (UTC)
Ooooooooooooh. Dainty little girl with braids... in gas mask. Rats. Skeleton. Other generally nifty stuff.

Jealous? Me? Abso-freaking-lutely. Can't wait to see what else you come back with after your return trip.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-10-17 17:42 (UTC)
Yes, you would have loved this. Also, the fact that the wait in the queue to go in with the rats was very, very short, due to the general repulsion that kept most of the gawking crowd outside the plexiglass.
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[User Picture]From: taische
2005-10-15 16:51 (UTC)

Jealousish

That's better than Cats rats!!!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-10-17 17:40 (UTC)
Which is saying something, because rats are pretty excellent creatures.
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[User Picture]From: tharine
2005-10-15 16:53 (UTC)
There will always be another rat, Mr Vandemar. haHA! i get it!



i love banksy, i do! ooooh thats looks fantastic.
i would totally be squeamish about the rodents,
and feel desperately uncool for it, cos theyre really rather cute.
i like the ballerina esp. colour me envious as hell.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-10-17 14:40 (UTC)
It smelled pretty bad in the gallery, which was really the most difficult thing to overcome. The rats themselves were very friendly and sweet-tempered.
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[User Picture]From: tepesh
2005-10-15 18:02 (UTC)
Wow, thanks for sharing! The ballerina in the gas mask is amazing!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-10-17 14:37 (UTC)
The nice person at the desk turned her around for me so I could get a better shot of the ballerina. She was standing between the plastic container full of sanitary wipes and a big bottle of water. :-D
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[User Picture]From: 3g0
2005-10-15 18:41 (UTC)
Was the interior design made to look as if the gallery had been trashed "banksy" style? If so, pretty clever presentation - the swathes of red paint over the windows & rodentia would ook me out. I can't wait to see more of your pictures & wish I could've seen it myself.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-10-17 09:21 (UTC)
Yes, it was deliberately "trashed." The paint and the rat poo probably kept a lot of people outside the windows, but even worse than that was the smell. It reeked in there.
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From: clairedelune
2005-10-15 19:23 (UTC)
this art has given me the same feeling i felt after watching "reqieum for a dream."

alright!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-10-17 14:50 (UTC)
Eeesh. I haven't seen the film, but I imagine a big portion of that feeling falls under "fascinated revulsion."
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[User Picture]From: greyface
2005-10-15 19:27 (UTC)
Pretty interesting.

I think it mostly makes sense that he'd encourage photography since part of the exhibit is alive and ever-changing (that skeleton just will NOT sit still). From a sort of ephemeral art perspective, the experience you have is much less repeatable than the average painting exhibit (or what-have-you).

Or maybe the guerilla stencilling has gotten him in the habit of seeing his work in photojournals. Either way, it seems pretty interesting... not many artists are really into the smell of rat-turd.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-10-17 14:47 (UTC)
A lot of the paintings in the exhibit were ones that are featured on his site - the defaced Turner landscapes with CCTV cameras and road works signs, for instance. The rats added an element of interest that otherwise might not have been there, particularly for people who are already fans of his stuff.

The rats were fighting to get into the skeleton's crotch, causing the front of the trousers to jump and writhe, which was endlessly amusing for the puerile among us.

And you're right, the gallery reeked. I don't have a problem with rats; they're very bright and, if treated nicely, very sweet creatures. But I imagine the smell encouraged a lot of people to stay on the other side of the plexiglass.
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[User Picture]From: prosicated
2005-10-15 21:48 (UTC)
SOOO jealous. I'm glad you went, I was rather hoping you would. Danke for the piccies of the event!!!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-10-17 14:39 (UTC)
You were one of the people I was hoping would see these. I'm glad you got to experience it vicariously, at least. You're most welcome.
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[User Picture]From: ironed_orchid
2005-10-16 14:03 (UTC)
That looks great. I really like the ballerina (assume it's based on the Degas) and and the Hopper with pommy lout.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-10-17 09:21 (UTC)
He's even got a can of Fosters!
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[User Picture]From: ironed_orchid
2005-10-17 10:44 (UTC)
Which just proves he's a pom, as no one else will drink that stuff.
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[User Picture]From: bellelaqueen
2005-10-16 16:35 (UTC)
I had no idea Banksy was having an exhibition. I probably won't get a chance to go before we go on holiday on Wednesday though as I am working/at uni. I'll have to see it vicariously thtough your photo's, which are excellent as always.

Now, why could I possibly be out of the office this time?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-10-17 14:41 (UTC)
Well, the one problem with skipping out of work to visit the exhibit is that when you return, you're likely to have a lot of rat poo on your shoes. And the smell will stay with you all day.
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From: anuttermutters
2005-10-20 02:21 (UTC)
I love the 'Image not currently available' in the background of 'bust in ski mask'
I had rats, but they shat in their cage and lived on my shoulder, in my hair.
O- and Hi
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-10-22 21:45 (UTC)
Sadly, I didn't get a chance to compose shots of many of the oil paintings. The bulk of them are on the Banksy site anyway, so I concentrated on the pieces that weren't.

Rat poo sure does stink up a storm.

Also, hello!
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From: anuttermutters
2005-10-22 23:38 (UTC)
Rat poo sure does stink up a storm.
Sure does, and you sure don't want it in your hair!

I'm confused- is the 'image not currently available' a piece or a piece not available? I thought it was a piece, and I wanted one! Either I'm a fine connoisseur of modern art....or I'll buy the 'item not avaiable' sign, which is it, I wonder?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-10-26 09:28 (UTC)
Fine connoisseur of modern art. Always go with the most ego-flattering option!
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