Exit Through the Gift Shop: Various Artists
Label: Oscilloscope Laboratories
Release Date: Unknown
Exit Through the Gift Shop, “the World’s first street art disaster movie” from Banksy and Mr. Brainwash, has a pretty awesome soundtrack worth checking out. The original score was written by Portishead’s Geoff Barrow with additional music penned by Roni Size. While it’s not available for purchase yet, Discosalt compiled a list of all the music featured in the film for you below: And just in case, you haven’t seen the film yet, watch it right HERE for free.
“Tonight The Streets Are Ours” – Richard Hawley
“Kronkite”- The Creators
“Staying In” – DISKJOKKE
By the end of the film you’ll be scratching your head trying to separate “Art” from well… everything else. Exit Through The Gift Shop is an insightful commentary on street art, and how easily it can go from countercultural movement to a social status symbol sold to the highest bidder.
The film centers on LA vintage boutique owner and confused francophone Thierry Guetta, an overweight man in his mid 40’s, with a face full of hair and a shaky command of the English language (often to comic effect). Guetta is obsessed with recording his every waking moment, which he accomplishes with the aid of a handheld camera. Guetta’s obsession with filming combined with an enthusiastic but ultimately delusional sense of the world takes him on a journey from amateur cameraman, to bogus graffiti documentarian, to self-proclaimed street artist and overnight sensation.
As the first to turn a camera on the world of illicit street art, Guetta was in a unique position to document a majority of the world’s greatest street artists. Influenced by his relationships with Banksy, Shepard Fairey and others, Guetta eventually finds himself motivated to create his own art. Putting the camera down at the suggestion of his role model/friend, Banksy, Guetta takes to the LA streets, reflecting back the style of the artists he so assiduously documented. Like a happy little puppy having just been tossed a new bone, Guetta begins plastering Los Angeles with building-sized stencil portraits of his newfound persona “Mr. Brainwash”.
Inspired to create an event around his art, Guetta’s prolific plastering was ultimately outshone by his self-sponsored solo exhibit of over 200 pieces. The pieces are, in some cases, massively derivative and, some might say, knockoffs and caricatures of his friends’ and mentors’ work. Instead of developing his body of work over time, Mr. Brainwash mass produces his pieces on a factory-style assembly line, staffed by several unfortunate “assistants”. When Mr. Brainwash’s solo show grosses over a million dollars in sales, it leaves the art world in a wake of questions and confusion. Was what just happened art, commerce, self-promotion? Or something far more insidious? And what implications does Mr. Brainwash’s success have for the art world?
Exit Through The Gift Shop is amazing, humorous and insightful; much credit is due to the director, artist and long time social prankster, Banksy. In the end, Guetta may have us all brainwashed.
Keep on the look out in theaters this March, for the new Banksy film: “Exit Through the Gift Shop”, which premiered at Sundance earlier this year. Billed as “The World’s first street art disaster movie”, the film is narrated by Welsh film star Rhys fans of “Knotting Hill” fame and stars the anonymous international renowned artist Banksy, himself, who has never spoken on film before. The soundtrack features some pretty cool artists as well, like The Bristolians, Roni Size and Geoff Barrow.
Banksy has transcended cult status to become a legitimate icon in the art work, whose politically humorous, often anti-establishment street art installations have attracted a storm of media attention. The movie chronicles the guerrilla art movement but then takes a satirical look at celebrity, consumerism and the art and film making world. The film began as a project from Thierry Guetta, aka Mr. Brainwash an eccentric French film-maker/graffiti artist, who videotapes everything in his life . Mr. Brainwash was an assistant of Banksy who began filming the artist, who according to Banksy is “maybe just someone with mental problems who happened to have a camera.” The footage was then re-cut by Banksy who took control of the film creating an interesting film within a film. While the film touches on a broad spectrum of conceptions/misconceptions about street art, the message is a bit ambiguous and towards the end of the film Banksy confides ” Maybe it means art is a bit of a joke”. Check out the trailer below:
Two adjacent street art paste ups spotted on the Brooklyn Heights waterfront for ya. One, from what looks like Brooklyn street artist Judith Supine and another rasterbated wheat paste of punk icon Sid Vicious from what could be the work of Discosalt favorite Mr. Brainwash.
These little smiling toast stencils keep appearing along the Bowery. I first saw one on Bleeker between Bowery and Lafayette and since last weekend, they seem to have multiplied. Why? What’s the significance? I don’t know! Any information will be forthcoming.
The Lower East side gets brainwashed… stumble down Bowery from the East Village towards the LES, eyes peeled for some new giant billboard sized wheat paste-ups with a sarcastic look at pop culture and politics, complements of eccentric French filmaker/graftiti artist, Mr. Brainwash aka MBW. Want more? Check out:
Also keep on the lookout for Mr. Brainwash the the T-shirt, Mr. Brainwash the Coloring Book, Mr. Brainwash the Lunch box, Mr. Brainwash the Breakfast Cereal, Mr. Brainwash the Flame Thrower, oh and Mr. Brainwash the doll…the kids love that one.