System Error Has Occurred

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World-famous graffiti artist Banksy has captured the attention of art lovers everywhere with his provocative work in various cities around the world. The artist has a history of conveying the ills of modern society ” through technological advances, for example. He seems to touch on this theme in his piece titled System Error Has Occurred, in which a classic painting of a woman gazing out her window surrounded by her pet dogs is obscured by a grey box that reads A system error has occurred” in a plain black font. The grey box covers the face of the woman, thus blocking out the main focus of the painting. The grey box seems to suggest that the painting is being viewed on a computer, where system errors are capable of ruining the viewing experience of a painting.

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