Friday, March 12, 2010

exit through the gift shop

Wednesday night I went to see the much anticipated film Exit Through the Gift Shop: A Banksy Film.

At first glance, I thought the film would entirely focus on multiple street artists and what they do. But as the film went on, it all funneled down to artist Mister Brainwash (MBW) and his inspirations. While i thoroughly enjoyed the film, I left the cinema confused and angry at society for accepting an artist such as MBW. While he does take ideas and transform them to be his own, every piece is directly inspired by his close friends (consisting of space invader, shepard fairey, and banksy to name a few). While he may be "genius", he doesn't even create most of his works and sells his pieces for thousands of dollars. I was both angry in his artist lifestyle, but surprised how amazing it is that a man with minimal artistic skills can succeed in the art world with such flying colors.

The film was a great representation of the ever-present street art era. Now people do appreciate graffiti as an art form, and this appreciation is growing. I really enjoyed watching this documentary, and would happily go see it again.