JACKASSWORLD PREDICTS OSCARS! The first thing I filmed when I moved to LA was an art show that I accidentally stumbled upon in the building of my new job at jackassworld.com. Well, it was kinda hard to miss; it filled a warehouse. It was the biggest gallery space I’d ever seen, not to mention a huge team of people swarming about daily constructing robots out of TVs, a giant bag of Chinese food, piles and piles of books, and an overwhelming amount of paintings, graffiti and, well, you name it. ART!
Who knew a mere jackassworld.gone video on a polite little French man named Mr. Brainwash’s first art show would turn out to be the a major event in the Academy Award-nominated documentary film for this years Oscars: Exit Through the Gift Shop, directed by mastermind mystery street artist Banksy.
I appreciated Brainwash’s dedication and general excitement for the show. He was as sweet as pie to me. And no matter how the film tears open the last then years of his life, character, and the audiences conception of art completely, this man truly believes he is an artist.
If you’ve seen the movie—which is fantastic—then I’m sure you have your own opinion on what the film means, what the “F” art means, and hopefully feel further enthralled into the upward spiral that is Banksy’s mind.
Don’t forget to recycle your videos, kids.
[Ed. Note: No, my name is not Ed, it's Sean (or "Cliver" as most would call me aside from my wife), and I just wanted to add an addendum to what Lauren said above regarding Mr. Brainwash's art show. It was seriously huge as shit and filled with lots and lots more shit than you could ever think artfully possible. For months, day-in-and-day-out on our way to/from the jackassworld.cave in 2008, we repeatedly passed through a long hallway plastered with its screen-printed, stenciled and/or spray-painted works and a courtyard filled with varied sculptures of Warhol-like "POP" proportions. I was so sick of seeing all this "art" that in the end I didn't even bother to attend the oddly huge opening night for "Life is Beautiful" and this artist I'd never once heard of in all my life's arty outings. So much for my chance encounter with a potential Oscar-winning film! Especially since jackass was once again snubbed by the Academy for its trailblazing cinematic effarts in 2010.]