Telling the Truth in Art

Telling the Truth in Art


Lady Justice statue atop London's Old Bailey. via WikiCommons
Lady Justice statue atop London’s Old Bailey seeks the truth. via WikiCommons

I’d like to ask the great Margie Hendricks and the great Ray Charles to give voice to this statue.



For me that’s “Telling the truth in art.”  Not the words, the voices — they give it what they’ve  got.  Of Margie Hendricks, Ray Charles once said, “Aretha, Gladys, Etta James—these gals are all bad, but on any given night, Margie will scare you to death.”  [Wikipedia, the Raelettes]

Margie Hendricks has remained in my top Pantheon for many many years.  Ray Charles too, but you remember him.


You likely know Bansky, the street artist and artworld sensation. He routinely pops society’s comfortable lies like sofa-sized balloons.

Bansky acts against cultural blindedness and ruling-class explanations.  His miracle is that he does this without inciting anyone to hate.  If your instincts for decency, kindness and justice aren’t awakened by his provocations then he passes right over your head on his way somewhere else.  Bansky’s never going to lead a saliva-flecked mob your way.


Bansky, Rickshaw Kid. via
Bansky, Rickshaw Kid. via

Dismaland, Bansky’s “Bemusement Park” which he described as a “family theme park unsuitable for children,” throve on the English seacoast for 36 days in August and September, 2015.  You’ll find all the images I hoovered up regarding it mixed in here.  Bansky also described Dismaland as A festival of art, amusements and entry-level anarchism.  When it was dismantled upon closure the lumber was shipped to Dismaland Calais to provide shelter for the migrants there.

Does it smell like truth to you?


Bansky Dismaland migrant boats attraction.
Bansky Dismaland migrant boats attraction. “For one pound I could choose to either be a group of refugees seeking asylum or a faster government boat. The controls of the boats switch randomly, so people really have no control over their destiny, much like in life.” via

“You have to put a pound in, sir.” I step back from the steering wheel and almost apologetically feed a £1 coin into the slot. A light on the dashboard in front of me turns green and I push on the throttle.

In front of me, a small remote-control boat packed full of migrants starts to make its way across the water in front of the white cliffs of Dover. Their faces are permanently turned towards me as I clumsily ferry them across the pond, dodging floating bodies and steering around aimlessly until my money runs out.

The experience is deeply unsettling, yet bizarrely entertaining. And that is exactly the feeling that visitors to Dismaland [get].        via Chris Green  in


News item, September 15, 2015.

A group of guerrilla artists from Banksy’s Dismaland have covered London’s train carriages and bus stops with posters to protest against the first day of the DSEI Arms fair – which is believed to be the largest of its kind.   via

Bombing is Grea, satirical ad by some of Bansky's Dismaland artists. viaTwitter/@_jayenne), on
Bombing is Great, satirical ad by some of Bansky’s Dismaland artists. viaTwitter/@_jayenne), on



Concession at Dismaland.
Concession at Dismaland

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