October the tenth marks the collaboration date of two of street arts finest. The Brazilian twins Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo also known as Os Gemeos and the UK street art legend Banksy teamed up to create the cover of “The Village Voice”. This week’s issue has two covers designed by Banksy and Os Gemeos displaying different pictures. The first depicts the famous Banksy policeman surrounded by Os Gemeos’ signature masked figurines. The other version portrays the exact opposite. The Os Gemeos rebel surrounded by UK rally policemen. The magazine not only features a street art cover but also includes a rare interview with Banksy. Although the Q and A was conducted via email, it does answer several questions relating to the purpose of Better Out, Than In. The audio guide is “only a cheap joke” and “other graffiti artists hate me” are only two revelations. The most interesting recognition of the interview is that Banksy is trying to counteract the collector’s hype that has been surrounding his persona since several years. Banksy states that: “There is absolutely no reason for doing this show at all. I know street art can feel increasingly like the marketing wing of an art career, so I wanted to make some art without the price tag attached. There’s no gallery show or book or film. It’s pointless. Which hopefully means something”. By discrediting exactly what lifted him to the stratosphere of urban art and the art scene in general, it seems as if Banksy’s intention of the New York stunt is to gain his street rep. back. No matter whether the reaction to Banksy’s work is positive or negative, there always is one. No one just walks by a Banksy. So a big shout out from us at WIDEWALLS to Banksy: “Keep doing your thing, we love it”.
Read the entire interview here: The Village Voice