Amazon.com Widgets
James Frey Official Website
Join the JAMES FREY mailing list
Click

Doc Banksy

from The Village Voice

Exit Through the Gift Shop, Brought To You by Banksy, Sort Of

By Aaron Hillis

A genuinely hip, thought-provoking work of art disguised as a doomed documentary resurrected, Exit Through the Gift Shop is not just the definitive portrait of street-art counterculture, but also a hilarious exposé on the gullibility of the masses who embrace manufactured creative personas. Though it’s credited as a Banksy picture—as in the ever-elusive U.K. graffiti ninja whose puckish, anti-capitalist and anti-authoritarian stencils have appeared everywhere from metropolitan billboards worldwide to the West Bank barrier wall—the film ostensibly began with him tapped as its on-camera subject.

Banksy’s talking head appears faceless under a dark hood, with his pithy wit digitally masked, to help narrator Rhys Ifans explain how the role reversal occurred. The real “director” of most of the truly fascinating, dangerously obtained footage herein is Thierry Guetta, an eccentric French expat and family man living in Los Angeles. Guetta’s fanatical devotion to recording every banal moment of his life yielded massive amounts of tape from the early days of the ’90s street art scene—tape that would ultimately become Exit

[ click to continue reading at The Village Voice ]

Posted on April 20, 2010 by Editor

Filed under Culture Music Art | | No Comments »