Way down the list of Oscar nominations, we finally noticed a little indepenent film by some street art provocateur named Banksy was nominated for Best Documentary. Exit Through The Gift Shop is the directorial debut of the faceless British artists and frequent Shepard Fairey collaborator, best known for pranks like placing a Guantanimo prisoner doll at Disneyland, replacing a bunch of Paris Hilton CDs with his own alternate art work in record shops, and most recently, crafting his own version of the Simpsons opening credits.
Jun Cha’s Aruidma Studio is located not too far from my adolescent stomping grounds. The Los Angeles Clippers training facility and Electronic Arts’s headquaters are close enough to be neighbors. Equal parts fresh mindset and tradition decades old, his air conditioned office/studio space is welcome relief from the afternoon temperature outdoors mid-June in California. Once upstairs and treated to the visual splendor and much needed water, Jun emerges from a room surrounded by paintings and various equipment. Below is an excerpt of the conversation that ensued, as insights are shared between an uncommon journalist and one of the youngest tattoo artists with the biggest of track record of recent memory.
Leave it to street artist Banksy to put together the so-called “first street art disaster film.” As his first full-length film, Exit Through the Gift Shop, will begin showing stateside on April 16th and finally bring to life the lore and mishaps that are part of the job. Today he announced the theaters screening the film.