Banksy, the street artist, whose stencil-design works attract media attention all over the world, has changed direction, and has now entered his 'Existential Period'.
The Bristol-based artist is famous for stealing around under cover of darkness with a mucky, old canvas bag full of cans of aerosol spray paints, with which he designs controversial 'artwork pieces' that nobody else is clever enough to have thought of.
Now, however, he seems to have put his 'nonconformist' stance aside, and to have become somewhat introspected. His latest work, 'White Noise', is, according to the artist himself, a study of the loneliness of being a mysterious street artist who, because of the necessity of remaining anonymous, has few friends.
Art critic, Leo Bolloc, said:
"The work is a 3-meter black square that draws you in, rather like a black hole, until you feel you are not only surrounded by its presence, but that you are actually part of the work, and cannot escape it. It is a masterpiece of existentialism, and will, without a doubt, have people questioning the meaning of their miserable lives."
And art historian, David Wackoff, told me:
"It's a very concerning piece of art, and deeply moving. It encourages deep introspective analysis, and everyone will see something different in this piece, which is, essentially, a black square."