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Banksy: Bad Meaning Good - Mixed Media

Bad Meaning Good
Mixed Media

Banksy

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Mixed Media, 2002
Mixed Media Edition of 4
H 40cm x W 40cm

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Critical Review

For the cover of Bad Meaning Good Volume 1, Banksy painted a large red ‘X’ and used a stencil to add a monochromatic machine gun over it. The cover of Bad Meaning Good Volume 2, also made in 2002, shows a grey ‘X’ and a black and white stencilled military vehicle.

The machine gun  can be interpreted as a symbol of control or authority and Banksy uses the image to subtly poke fun at the state and convey his anti-establishment values. The machine gun depicted in Bad Meaning Good Volume 1 is painted with a huge pair of shoes, reminiscent of clown shoes as if this weapon is a joke or a fake.

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