Review of Banksy's Mobile Lover
By: David K. Montoya

Now, before you all start giving me a hard time, yes, I am aware that I said last month that it was going to be my final art review. But, no one has shown interest in reviewing the fine arts, and thus left a missing piece to the puzzle that forms a part of this magazine each and every month. So, here I am with you folks once again, I wanted tempt you lovers of art with something a bit more modern (past the Haring era). People love him and others hate him. I love that he remains incognito and always has a powerful message in everything he does.

I am of course speaking of the UK based artist, only known as Banksy. While I could easily do an entire write-up on the artist himself and the message this Generation-Xer is sending to the modern world, I have instead decided to single it down to one painting in particular...Mobile Lover.

The thought of the images found on the door (I will explain that in a moment), is thought that Banksy was sending us, the spectators, a cautionary message that, through his eyes, we, society, have allowed electronic technology to take control and dictate the direction of our individual lives. As the couple hug each other they are lost in their phones, which is believed, again, in Bansky's eyes that we, as a collective whole, forego the importance of a physical relationship to gain the instant feel good of social media.

Okay kids, sit tight, this is going to be a fun journey.

If you happen to be in Bristol (a small city about 118 miles East of London), you will be able to get a peak at it. It was in April of 2014, when the painting showed up. Yep, you read that right. Banksy decided to use a door that lead into the Broad Plains Boys Club on Clement Street to craft his masterpiece one evening while everyone was fast asleep. The scene that was crafted is an analytic interpretation of the true importance of modern technology in a person's life. The imagery on the wooden door was of a heterosexual couple that are embracing, but the moment is lost with their cellphone in hand.

Bansky would send the art world on a Scavenger Hunt, as he posted photos of the freshly painted masterpiece, but did not say exactly as to where it was. It appeared that every person in England joined in finding the location and a mere day later (think about how many people were looking to find a painted doorway in the entire country to be found a day later).

Then things become interesting moreover about four months later, when the one hundred and twenty year old building that was Bansky's makeshift canvas was in jeopardy of closing its doors to the kids due to lack of funding. The person who owned Broad Plains Boys Club on Clement Street saw this as a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow as he sold the painted door now being called, Mobile Lover to a private art collector for an astonishing £403,000 (or $522,088.51 USD, or $697,118.68 CAD or €459,520.75).

While it has and most likely will continue to be debated, some (including myself), believe that painting Mobile Lover on the door that lead into the building was in fact his way of helping the Boys Club keep its other doors open–and, if that is so–that makes Bansky a pretty cool dude in my book.

But, of course, capital greed tried to step in when police seized the artwork, only after it was sold to a private collector. This caused Bansky himself to step in and personally wrote to the Boys Club to confirm that they were entitled to sell the work as it was solely created for the Broad Plains Boys Club on Clement Street. In doing so, the local government had to return the money back to the Club owner and a bill of sell was rendered for the collector.

See this one has a happy ending, and I get to share with you the store behind Bansky's Mobile Lovers, I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did rendering it for you!