Monday, October 13, 2008

Banksy sets up shop in NYC

I'm a fan of anything satirical and tongue-in-cheek, and I especially love when that thing comments on society, or at least points out our foibles. So thank you, Banksy, for doing that again.

For those who don't know, Banksy is an artist most known for his street art, usually stenciled and featuring rats. Though based out of England, he's like a bandit in the night, tagging buildings across the world with his distinctive style. Only recently did I find out he also puts together exhibits, and one of those just happens to be in New York City.

Through October 31st, The Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill is open (and free) to the public, a makeshift pet store offering a witty observation on the way we consume media, food, and luxury products. A small space, Banksy has converted it into something that makes you laugh in a "Modest Proposal"-by-Jonathan-Swift sort of way. Walking by the window you think you see little chicks feeding in a pen with their mother hen, but a closer look shows you those ain't no chicks, them be some chicken nuggets! And they move!

If you're in New York City before October 31st, I would highly suggest stopping by and checking it out! If you can't, check out my pictures from my own journey a few nights ago.

The Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill
#89, 7th Ave. South (Greenwhich Village, btwn. W4th and Bleeker)
10am-12am (midnight, you hear that?)

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