So he didn’t win an Oscar but he did use the trip to create some pretty cool new pieces in LA as shown below:
This is very interesting indeed – and opens several large cans of worms to put it mildly…
This is from this weeks Sunday Times – artist Banksy did not only create the cover art, but the magazine also published a 6 page interview with him – High Sobriety via Notcot.
“Readers of the The Sunday Times in the UK were greeted with a six-page spread on Banksy including a question and answer session with the stealthy street artist. The interview ended up being quite insightful despite the fact that he talks in his usual tongue-in-cheek manner about museums, CCTV, his reasons for anonymity, his hypocrisy, his family, his art background, his collection, and sure to disappoint fans everywhere, he says – “I won’t be doing any more big gallery shows for a while, it’s all a bit dodgy. I’ve come into contact with a lot more villains since I moved from vandalism into selling paintings. The art world is full of shady people peddling bright colours.” It’s perhaps this distrust of the art world that led to the way his film “Exit Through the Gift Shop” turned out and also to the creation Pest Control, an entity that still refuses to authenticate his artwork that is taken off the streets by speculators.”
Half of me thinks what a cool cinema – the other half says it’s just arse. Can’t decide enough to pass comment! Decide for yourselves here. That said the interior is really fucking cool.
(UPDATE) Click here for images of the interior – Time Out ROCK!
Dubbed The Lambeth Palace by its creator, Banksy describes the venue as “London’s newest, darkest and dirtiest purpose-built cinema”, although he does add the caveat that Cineworld Edmonton is not included.
“The Lambeth Palace is a makeshift 150-seat auditorium in a tunnel under Waterloo train station with popcorn stall, lounge bar and stunning temporary toilet facilities,” boasts the blurb.
Showings, which predictably almost immediately sold out, are 6pm and 9.30pm daily until 4 March.
The cinema certainly looks and sounds grim, and those attending previews yesterday seemed to confirm the hype. “Not even the fleapits of the 1970s showing Mary Millington double bills were quite as dank and chilly as this,” writes Geoffrey MacNab in the Independent.
People with tickets – of which there must be very few – are warned that “random bag searches [are] in operation, all spray paint, video cameras and laser pens must be checked in at the box office”.
On the plus side, it would seem bringing your own fizzy drink and crisps is, for once, allowed.
This is such an awesome trailer – head over to www.banksyfilm.com to find out more… …I am saying nothing. My lips are sealed 😉