Why Madrid street artist SpY is the Spanish Banksy
Madrid-based street artist SpY – considered the ‘Spanish Banksy’- has been leaving his mark on various urban landscapes since the 1980s. In the ‘90s, he switched from graffiti to something a bit unconventional – mixing and matching everyday items to make installations with a whole new meaning.
He’s replaced a phone with a banana in a phone booth, he put in a potted plant on top of a basketball hoop, and he painted a basketball court design onto a skate park. ‘Interventions’ like these provide us with a fresh perspective of things around us and life in general.
His artist statement says: ‘SpY’s pieces want to be a parenthesis in the automated inertia of the urban dweller. They are pinches of intention, hidden in a corner for whoever wants to let himself be surprised. Filled with equal parts of irony and positive humor, they appear to raise a smile, incite reflection, and to favor an enlightened conscience’.
Recently, he installed 150 CCTV cameras on a wall in Madrid. The installation meant to make people reflect on how they interact with surveillance technology, and the people behind these watchful eyes.
Via This Is Colossal