The Carrack channels its inner Banksy


from our Editor: Aaron Mandel


The Carrack channels its inner Banksy

Leave it to Durham and The Carrack to feel the artistic pulse of global culture. Coincidence or providence?

This is what happens when you live in a cultural capital.

Maybe some of you heathens have heard that Banksy, one of the world’s foremost living artists has descended on New York.

Likely some of you have also heard that The Carrack’s Red Dot Community Exhibit is happening this Friday, the 18th, in Durham.

Apparently Banksy and The Carrack’s Director, Laura Richie, think along the same lines. Banksy set-up secretly in open space, challenging society’s expectation by defying norms.


The story in brief: the world renown artist Banksy set-up a booth alongside many others last Saturday in Central Park. Banksy sold his work, original paintings, for $60 dollars a pop. Only seven of the pieces sold. Of course, they are valued at tens of thousands of dollars a-piece, once Banksy’s name is attached. Anonymously, they didn’t carry the same cache.

Wait! Isn’t it about the work? The Art? The output? The quality?

Or did Banksy launch a warning shot that Art is becoming (has become-shudder) commodified? The brand name is what matters, what really gives work value, not the substance, but the label.

Is this Art imitating Life?


The stakes are high

Macklemore howled at the same demons, “That’s $50 for a t-shirt, right??”

Branding trumps in a capitalist paradigm. Fight back, Durham!

Richie, perhaps, sensing this trend, feeling this flow, (or shit, who knows with her, maybe she is in touch with Banksy,) made the Carrack’s Red Dot Community Exhibit a nameless and title-less one. All works have been donated by members of the artist community, but no artists’ names, nor piece titles will be attached to any work.

Sarah Goetz and Isti Kaldor creations won’t sell for any more than the rest of the poor penniless Gringiores’ work Friday night at The Carrack. All pieces being are priced and sold by size, nothing will cost more than $75.

How about that for flipping the bird to the corporatist culture?

Buy the Art, not the name.


Art is at the nexus of protest

There is a Banksy or two on the walls of 111 West Parrish Street right now.

You go, L.R.!

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Aaron Mandel

Aaron Mandel is a writer and an accomplished public speaker. He is the publisher of the Clarion Content. For more than a decade, the Clarion Content has covered Durham’s arts, politics, music, and cultural milieu. From breaking news stories to the hottest local acts, the Clarion Content is on the scene. The Clarion Content published more than twenty distinguished guest columnists and garnered nearly a million views. Mandel is a volunteer for the Durham Mighty Pen Literacy Project and serves as the President of the Board of Sustain-A-Bull Durham, a local small business collective with more than 200 members. He writes regularly on the Clarion Content and has been quietly writing fiction since the 4th grade. Mandel has been published in the Raleigh News and Observer. He has also produced numerous art shows, including, “Durham under Development”. He was a featured speaker at “The State of Publishing” conference. He has presented to Durham Chamber of Commerce, “Chamber U” on the “New Media”. He has also served as the play-by-play announcer for the D.B.L., a Durham youth basketball league. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Religious Studies from Indiana University in Bloomington. An avid policy debater at Indiana and a Nation Debate Tournament qualifier, Mandel was also a member of the New Jersey State Champion two-person Policy Debate Team. He has lived in North Carolina, New Jersey, California, Texas, Illinois, Colorado, Indiana, and Baja California, Mexico.

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