Poster Boy, Part II
What I also found very interesting is that the process was born out of economic necessity. The only materials costs Poster Boy incurs are for the $0.50 razors he uses. He's also clearly aware of the precedents for this work:
Can you explain your choice to remain an anonymous/elusive artist of subversive street art?
I try to remain anonymous/elusive, contrary to what some people have said, for three reasons and one of them is definitely not because of Banksy. One, what I do is pretty illegal. Two, because of Cindy Sherman. Her work addresses issues of identity in and out of the realm of art. I’m addressing issues of identity through my many alias’s/personae. Poster Boy is just one of the identities that I show and create under. The last being that I don’t want just one person to be Poster Boy. I’m hoping this trend of poster art snowballs into a movement for many people. No authorship. No copyright.
I’m not the first to mess with posters. I’ve always noticed torn posters and Sharpie art in the subway. I wanted to combine the two. By using the ready-made imagery/text I’m able to subvert these corporate advertisements and use them to my advantage. People have done subway poster art for years, but I definitely upped the ante in NY.But perhaps the most intriguing, if not entirely clear to me, idea he offers about his work is in response to whether it's territorial...marking certain areas as belonging to him:
Territorial, yes and no. I don’t want the poster art to be territorial in the macho sense. It’s probably why I don’t sign any of them. I think fucking shit up is good. There is creation in destruction. I just want to reclaim the intellectual territory that the media has taken.To my mind, Poster Boy is still working through a series of ideas, but doing so quickly, on his feet, and with a grand sense of humor. Humor, again, I believe, will be the key to the transitional artwork that leads us out of the current malaise. Humor and, perhaps, anger, but definitely humor.
Image above (from Gawker.com) might not seem as obviously collaged if you don't know the original. This might be a good example of the pieces Poster Boy says don't get taken down right away because the MTA doesn't recognize they've been vandalized. Many of his alterations are remarkably unnoticeable without close inspection, leading me to wonder how many people leave the subway accepting his message, unquestioning it, just swallowing it, as we do so many other messages.
Labels: street art