Everytime I Make Love to you I Think of Someone Else

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  • Provenance

    33 1/3 Gallery, Los Angeles
    Private Collection (acquired from the above in 2002)
    Sotheby's, London, 16 October 2010, lot 214
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Los Angeles, 33 1/3 Gallery, Existencilism, 19 July - 18 August 2002

  • Catalogue Essay

    The iconic British artist Banksy is an anonymous street artist, painter, and social and political activist. A provocateur who grew up “bombing" walls with his trademark stencilled graffiti during the 1990s in Bristol, England, his work has appeared on the streets, walls and bridges of cities around the world including San Francisco, Barcelona, Paris and Detroit.

    Starting as a freehand graffiti artist, Banksy reportedly turned to stencilling as his method of choice after noticing the stencilled serial number under a rubbish lorry whilst hiding from the police. Stencilling presented a practical solution for creating and replicating his work quickly and keeping him safely beyond the reach of law enforcement. A mutinous, iconoclastic streak underpins Banksy's iconic stencilled works and their pithy epigrammatic titles. Acid yellow smiley-faced policemen, rats wielding drills, monkeys detonating weapons of mass destruction, a monkey-faced Queen Elizabeth - Banksy uses his stencilled subjects as a form of incisive, biting social commentary that transcends language barriers:

    “As soon as I cut my first stencil I could feel the power there. I also like the political edge. All graffiti is low-level dissent, but stencils have an extra history. They’ve been used to start revolutions and to stop wars.” (Banksy, in Tristan Manco, Stencil Graffiti, 2002, UK, n.p.)

    Protesting war is a theme that occupies a special place in Banksy’s work (see for example Banksy’s CND Soldiers), and Everytime I Make Love to you I Think of Someone Else – an image of two cheerfully humping military vehicles, surrounded by a saccharine pink heart - is a pertinent example of Banksy’s views on modern warfare. Striking a balance between the whimsical and subversive is key trait of Banksy’s work: though the work strikes an ostensibly light-hearted, even humorous tone, Everytime I Make Love to you I Think of Someone Else was executed in the wake of 9/11, in the midst of escalating tensions and around the same time the US government began publicly setting out the groundwork for an invasion of Iraq, supported by key allies such as the United Kingdom.

    As the title of the work suggests, modern warfare is an expired, loveless relationship in which the invading parties are simply going through the motions. The banality of this arrangement is mocked by the oversized pink heart, which speaks to the superficial - even tacky - nature of the ‘theatre’ created by the parties intent on going to war. The vehicle on the left bears a strong resemblance to a British Humber armoured car, one of the most widely produced armoured cars of the Second World War. Its machine gun, pointed away from view, disappears into the undercarriage of a second military vehicle, one that bears a strong resemblance to the American M1117, a mine-resistant armoured military vehicle that was deployed in increasing numbers after 2001 in Iraq and Afghanistan. Everytime I Make Love to you I Think of Someone Else skewers the intentions of the two main protagonists in the Iraq War, suggesting that both parties have their sights set on other objectives and willingly engage in war to further a hidden agenda – as a means of obtaining access to oil fields, or to re-assert waning global influence for example. Banksy uses his art as a call to action:

    “It takes a lot of guts to stand up anonymously in a western democracy and call for things no-one else believes in - like peace and justice and freedom.” (Banksy, quoted in Wall and Piece, London, 2006, n.p.)

    Everytime I Make Love to you I Think of Someone Else was exhibited at the artist’s first show in Los Angeles (and his fourth ever solo show in a formal exhibition space) at Gallery 33 1/3 in 2002. Called ‘Existencilism’, the exhibition debuted some of his most iconic works including “Queen Victoria” and “Laugh Now”, and almost sold out. Once an outsider, today Banksy is firmly considered a cultural icon and his artistic achievements extend to canvas paintings, conceptual sculpture and even film, with the Academy Award-nominated documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop. His work now forms part of eminent public collections including the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

  • Catalogue Essay

    英國代表性藝術家班克斯是一位匿名的街頭藝術創作者、畫家和社會政治行動主義者。他一直是個挑釁者,1990年代他自少年時期就開始在英國布里斯托活躍,從90年代末起以他最具標誌性的模板塗鴉「轟炸」城市街道的墻壁。隨後他的作品逐漸出現在三藩市、巴塞羅那、巴黎、底特律等世界各地的城市街道、墻壁和橋樑上。

    班克斯一開始是用徒手塗鴉的,據說,有一次他躲避警察的時候在一輛廢棄卡車底部看到一個模板印刷序號,此後便轉為用模板塗鴉創作。用模板便可以快速地創作和複製作品,讓他更容易避開執法單位追緝。班克斯的模板塗鴉作品有著反叛的思想,反偶像崇拜的底蘊,題目精簡諷刺。黃色尖酸笑臉的警察、拿鑽地機的老鼠、引爆致命武器的猴子、猴臉的伊麗莎白王后,班克斯創造的模板塗鴉角色都是一種超越語言界限的社會評論,尖銳而辛辣。

    「我刻下第一個模板後就馬上感覺到其力量。我也很喜歡它政治性的一面。所有的塗鴉都帶有些許異議性質,但模板還更多一層歷史。它們曾被用以展開革命和停止戰爭。(班克斯,Tristan Manco,《模板塗鴉》,2002年,英國)

    反戰題材在班克斯作品中具有特殊的地位(見作品《反核運動士兵》為例),《同床異夢》的圖像中,兩輛軍用車開心地交合,被甜蜜的粉紅色愛心環繞著。此作貼切地體現出班克斯對現代戰爭的看法。而且這種結合了玩笑和破壞性思想的巧妙安排也是班克斯作品的核心特點之一。雖然《同床異夢》表面看起來輕鬆幽默,但其實是九一一事件後,在一片劍拔弩張的緊張氣氛中,當時美國政府開始公開計劃對伊拉克的進攻,並且得到英國等主要盟友支持之時的創作。

    如此作題目所示,現代戰爭就像一種過期、無愛的關係,進攻的一方只是麻木地進行動作。作品的平板構圖被那顆超大型粉紅色愛心打破,愛心指向那些意圖開戰政黨所創造的膚淺甚至俗套的「戲劇效果」。左邊的那輛車很像英國 Humber 裝甲車,是第二次世界大戰中最廣泛生產的裝甲車種之一。它的機關槍指向視野以外,消失在另一輛軍車之下,那輛車與美國 M1117 防爆裝甲車極為相似,自2001年之後在伊拉克和阿富汗都擴大了使用量。《同床異夢》針對伊拉克戰爭的兩大主腦,暗示雙方都另有目的,同意參戰只是為了繼續自己暗中的計劃,比如佔有油田,或重新搶奪漸漸失去的國際影響力。班克斯用自己的藝術作為對大眾採取行動的呼籲。

    「我認為我有膽量在西方民主社會匿名地站出來,呼籲和平、平等和自由這些其他人並不太相信的事情。」——班克斯(班克斯,錄於《Wall and Piece》,倫敦,2006)

    《同床異夢》於藝術家2002年在洛杉磯 33 1/3 畫廊展出之作品,該展覽是班克斯藝術生涯的第四個個展,也是第一個在正式展覽空間舉辦的大型個展。展覽名為〈Existencilism〉,是包括《維多利亞女王》和《笑在當下》等作品的首次公開露面,幾乎全部售出。班克斯曾經是一個局外者,但現在已是絕對的文化代表人物,其作品延伸至布面油畫、概念性雕塑甚至電影,其紀錄片《畫廊外的天賦》獲得奧斯卡金像獎提名。班克斯的作品現在已被納入倫敦大英博物館和維多利亞與阿爾伯特博物館等著名公眾收藏。

  • Artist Bio

    Banksy

    British • 1975 - N/A

    Anonymous street artist Banksy first turned to graffiti as a miserable fourteen year old disillusioned with school. Inspired by the thriving graffiti community in his home city, Bristol, Banksy's works began appearing on trains and walls in 1993, and by 2001 his blocky, spray-painted works had cropped up all over the United Kingdom. Typically crafting his images with spray paint and cardboard stencils, Banksy is able to achieve a meticulous level of detail. His aesthetic is clean and instantly readable due to his knack for reducing complex political and social statements to simple visual elements.



    His graffiti, paintings and screenprints use whimsy and humour to satirically critique war, capitalism, hypocrisy and greed — with not even the Royal family safe from his anti-establishment wit.

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Everytime I Make Love to you I Think of Someone Else

2002
tagged 'BANKSY' on the lower right edge; further signed, numbered and dated 'BANKSY 1/5 LA 2002' on the stretcher;
acrylic, spray paint and stencil on canvas
91.5 x 76 cm. (36 x 29 7/8 in.)
Executed in 2002, this work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by Pest Control.

Estimate
HK$2,400,000 - 3,500,000 
€272,000-397,000
$308,000-449,000

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Isaure de Viel Castel
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale

Hong Kong Auction 26 May 2019