No icon has been more elusive and hard to get for interviews than the world renowned artist Banksy. His street art has been seen on bridges, trains, and any other sort of free space you can imagine, making him one of the most popular artists of our time, creating an interest for his art that people with deep pocket will pay high dollar for just to have in their homes. Today’s story however comes from Julia Kim Smith, who answered a question within her soul maybe some of you readers out there were wondering: what would it be like to have Banksy in your home? Would it be creepy? Would you sit there in awe and read philosophy to him while holding a deep conversation about the universe? Maybe so, but Smith had Banksy enjoy some beers, do light housework, and generally sit around with a hoodie on and existing as a dark ominous force to be reckoned with.
Amog would have liked to have an interview or something with Banksy, but this small concept art collaboration between Smith and Banksy makes me wonder when Banksy will do another film. Over at SoJones, Banksy’s ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’ received a great review-
Even without the back story, the film is extremely well done and entertaining. That it has been released in the midst of an ongoing controversy, on which its subject is based, makes it topical. Contemporaneously with the LA premiere, the LA Weekly published a piece introducing the film:
If Exit Through the Gift Shop, narrated by actor Rhys Ifans, is technically flawed, the documentary is nevertheless a savvy testament to the concept of DIY filmmaking, both a valuable recorded history of a scene and an awesome romp through perilous L.A. with the world’s most admired street artists, allowing viewers to experience life underground in the wee hours of the morning. Through the eyes of Guetta, a native Frenchman who inadvertently stumbled into the world of graffiti art, we witness wheat-paste postering at death-defying heights, intricate stenciling on rooftops and the inevitable run-ins with police.
Are you a Banksy fan, reader? Lets hear your thoughts in the comments.