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Banksy’s Exit Through the Gift Shop – a review

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on March 6, 2010 by jack lomax

You have to give the man credit, he’s stretched himself again and delivered a film that’s funny, well paced and will appeal to a wider audience than me and the rest of the London questionable haircut crew. The Cordy House Obey Giant was in there twice at the start… but we painted over it the other day to make way for new work.

In terms of its construction as a film it’s better than of 90% of the documentaries released by ‘serious’ film makers, so well done Banksy, you’ve cut a great and even important film from an insane pile of tapes built up by the film’s lead character: Thierry ‘Mr Brainwash’ Guetta.

Guetta is the cousin of Invader and a tirelessly chirpy screwball Frenchman with a video camera, nothing more. At this point in time he’s not a film maker and he’s not an artist. Like I said, he’s a likeable screwball Frenchman with a video camera – and a big fat PR machine. But hey, maybe that’s what art is now. The film certainly doesn’t deny it, but it does show the ridiculousness of it all. It’s up to you to draw your own conclusions.

Thanks to his cousin Guetta finds himself immersed in the worlds of artists like Shephard Fairey and Banksy at the peak of their game – and to validate his presence alongside them he shoots everything, all the time. But when asked to make a film he manages ‘Life Remote Control’ which, as Banksy says, is shit.

So then Banksy takes the reigns as tubby little Thierry starts to launch his very own Street Art career. At this point Banksy and Shephard Fairey have to hold up their hands and claim prominent roles in the creation of Mr Brainwash (as Shephard does in the film). Mr Brainwash could never have existed without using their promotion and contacts – which he used to launch his show ‘Life is Beautiful’ in LA in 2008. The only thing Brainwash brings creatively is energy, there’s zero new thought or style in his work, but he has buckets of projected self-believe which works wonders in LA. He, and an army of helpers, make hundreds of canvases of celebrities in a pop street art manner. All are devoid of originality. Thierry’s influential supporters then mug the shallow LA art scene with this bullshit work – and it works! Sick genius, if a bit depressing.

So what we end up with is the opportunity to watch, and I hope understand, the brutal reality of how feeble ‘artists’ can become successful purely as a result of effective PR. It really is incredible what the press are prepared to publish and what the people are prepared to believe.

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Impending Doom???

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on February 16, 2010 by jack lomax

OK, this is not the place to go for the latest Banksy blather. But it’s pointless to ignore the fact that hype is building around his new film, which appears to not be absolutely dreadful at the very least. We’ll see.

However, one biproduct seems to be the first reality star of Street Art – Mr. Brainwash. A veritable Paris Hilton, no, a Chantelle, or, if we’re lucky, Jade Goody. If this indeed proves to be the case it’s too hideous to consider. A Street Art career launched by video. Or is it? Is this the dawn of a new era? No, probably not, click on the link below to have a look at this video – the guy looks more contrived than Simon Cowell at a JLS gig in Tesco…

Mr. Brainwash’s Fans Are Brainwashed from ANIMALnewyork.com on Vimeo.

Banksy – Exit through the Gift Shop

Posted in Art, News, Video with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 23, 2010 by mutate

Cooo… what will he come up with next? We’re about to find out – here’s the trailer for the new episode in Banksy’s ‘Mad Cap Capers’ series. Looks militant. I just hope it doesn’t suck. We shall see.