Mark Jenkins, urban artist - wrong or right?
Posted 2/7/12 , edited 2/7/12
I wrote a speech about this for a class and the topic stuck with me. Mark Jenkins is an urban artist (hence, the title) who focuses on creating realistic-looking figures of people doing unusual and sometimes impossible things. He puts his art around different cities to try and attract attention. Here are some examples of his work:




These are overly ridiculous. However, Mark created one particular work of art that caught my eye, and this could definitely lead to some calling the police - and has:



For those who can't see too well, there's a knife in the guy's back. If I saw this, I would immediately call the police. But Mark doesn't seem to care. To Mark, as long as he gets people to notice and be more active in their environment, he's done what he set out to do. That being said, my question to you is - Is getting people to be more active in their environment worth scaring them like this? How many people think they would have ignored a REAL accident when the time came due to supposed self absorbancy? How many of us have been guilty of doing so? Please post your thoughts here.




Posted 2/7/12
I don't believe that these will completely answer your questions in the description, but I am referring to the topic question...
and FYI I have only heard of Jenkins' work now
I believe that Jenkins' artwork is eye-opening because it shows the inconsideration or unawareness of people today. To be honest, the last picture shown kinda freaked me out when you noted the knife in the man's back, but that truly is inspiring because (I'm assuming that) nobody even stopped to take care of the man.. in other words, Mark Jenkins' art points towards the right way, just with a different approach.
Posted 2/7/12 , edited 2/7/12
I really want to get people telling me if they have been guilty of ignoring something big like that, and if they think they'd ignore such a scene on purpose. Sure, several have been said to not call the police when witnessing a crime, but I'd like to know now how many think they would in this situation.
Posted 2/7/12
I haven't been in any situations to where I could possibly ignore or react to something like that. I know I would never ignore it though. As for his art I think it will do the opposite of what he intends. Once enough people just starting assuming it is another one of his works of art they will just ignore it even more. I think people do need to start acting more but I think this is the wrong way to try and get that to happen.
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Posted 2/7/12
lol hes good ^_^
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Posted 2/7/12
he's a narcissistic twit who's too self-absorbed to be able to tell the difference between "raising awareness" and "freaking out"

all anyone who makes "art" like this really wants is to get -themselves- noticed.
same as the guy who wanted to smash a rat with a brick on canvas, for "art".
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Posted 2/7/12
I think his art is very creative, he as a goal and does it well haha. it's true most people that see something like this wouldn't call the police, probably because it would take time out of their day for something that doesn't concern them personally. I very much believe that he should continue with what he's doing because it's both a serious message and hilarious to see
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Posted 2/7/12
He's just an attention whore. I agree with justanotherguy_2. After a while people will just assume that the real thing is a piece of "art" and ignore it when they shouldn't. He's like the boy that cried wolf.
Posted 2/8/12
Personally, I'v never been in a situation that you've described, but that's mainly because I never go outside.
As for the art...
It's very interesting, and it definetly does its job(getting people to notice). I guess it's a bit misleading though, and a bit of an annoyance for the police.
If I ever did see a body just lying there, I would probably run up to it and check if it was alive or not. If it was alive, I'd call ambulance, if it was dead, I'd just leave it...
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Posted 2/8/12
I would walk up to see if the person is alive.

I actually quite like his art, it's waaaay better than some shitty urban art I've seen, it has a clear theme. But I think there is a fine line between being artist and being a psychotic attention whore.
Art is something that can be admired, it's not insanity. (Look up Anna Odell; she faked a psychosis and called it art.)
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Posted 2/9/12
Each to their own I guess. I personally wouldn't call it art. The first pic is cool, but the other two could cause disruption. They could be mistaken for a suicide and a knife attack.
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