The Seventh Letter Crew x MBW | Day 1

October 04 2011 . 04:09am


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Photos: Carlos Gonzalez

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Mr. Brainwash helps support REVOK with NEVER GIVE UP print

June 21 2011 . 07:38pm

Never Give Up, a print by Mr. Brainwash supporting Revok

Two weeks ago, the L.A. street artist Revok ended his six-month prison sentence amid fans pushing for his release. Revok was one of the participating artists in the groundbreaking ‘Art in the Streets’ MOCA exhibit — then was promptly jailed by the Los Angeles Police Department for failing to pay restitution to plaintiffs and victims of his graffiti in a long-standing suit dating back to 2010.

Now he’s out, but still faces a mound of legal fees and an exorbitant bail, set at a cool third of a million. In the mean time, his friends have come together to lend him a hand, and help him get back on his feet.

Thierry Guetta, a.k.a. Mr. Brainwash, the elusive and controversial subject of Banksy’s Exit through the Gift Shop, has created a limited-edition art print entitled Never Give Up, dedicated to Revok. Guetta tells LA Weekly that the proceeds from the sales of the work will function as a general supporting fund for Revok — "bail, apartment, whatever he needs."

The print features a dilapidated L.A. storefront, washed over with graffiti art and emblazoned with the words, "never never never never give up!" It’s Guetta’s message to Revok that he still has artistic, if not institutional, support on his own turf. Guetta hopes that other artists will join him in this venture, to completely pay off Revok’s bills. At any rate, Revok will get at least $30,000 from the proceedings — enough to get a head start on dealing with his debt.

As for Mr. Brainwash, he’s hoping that if times get tough, someday Revok might be able to repay the favor. "Sometimes we do illegal stuff," he comments, sounding worried. "Maybe one day, it’s him who will get me out of somewhere."

Never Give Up prints go on sale this Wednesday, June 22, for $400.00 on Mr. Brainwash’s online store.

Source: laweekly.com

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Banksy’s Exit Through The Gift Shop | Extended sneak peek video

April 07 2010 . 02:37pm

 

Exit Through the Gift Shop, the first film by renowned graffiti artist Banksy, became the hottest ticket at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival where it made its world debut. Banksy is a graffiti artist with a global reputation whose work can be seen on walls from post—hurricane New Orleans to the separation barrier on the Palestinian West Bank. Fiercely guarding his anonymity to avoid prosecution, Banksy has so far resisted all attempts to be captured on film. Exit Through the Gift Shop tells the incredible true story of how an eccentric French shop keeper turned documentary maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner – with spectacular results. The film contains exclusive footage of Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Invader and many of the world’s most infamous graffiti artists at work, on walls and in interview. As Banksy describes it, “It’s basically the story of how one man set out to film the un—filmable. And failed”

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Exit Through The Gift Shop – A Banksy Film

January 21 2010 . 05:25am

Notorious street artist Banksy, whose work has decorated his home town of Bristol and Israel’s West Bank barrier, has turned his hand to film-making.

Exit Through The Gift Shop will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, his agent told the BBC.

It will be the first time the elusive artist, who has never revealed his identity, has spoken on camera.

Billed as "the world’s first street art disaster movie", its inclusion in the festival has been shrouded in secrecy.

Sundance organisers are due to announce its inclusion at a press conference on Thursday.

Unexpected stunts

Exit Through The Gift Shop was left off the official programme, but speculation about the festival’s Spotlight Surprise turned to Banksy after four stencils, believed to be by the artist, appeared on walls in Park City, where the festival is held.

Banksy is known for teasing his audience, toying with authority, and continually pulling the wool over people’s eyes to stage unexpected stunts.

Last year, he installed 100 of his artworks in Bristol’s council-owned museum under the noses of top officials, and once smuggled a life-size statue of a Guantanamo Bay detainee into Disneyland.

Exit Through The Gift Shop will have its world premiere at the festival on Sunday.

It is described as the story of how an eccentric French shop keeper turned documentary maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on him.

Infamous artist

Banksy said: "It’s the story of how one man set out to film the un-filmable. And failed".

The film contains exclusive footage of Banksy, and many of the world’s most infamous graffiti artists at work.

But until the film is shown, it is not known whether Banksy’s identity will be revealed.

In the past, the artist has both mythologised and subverted his own image, so the film could raise as many questions as it answers.

John Cooper, director of the Sundance Festival, said the story was so bizarre that he questioned whether it could be real.

"Exit Through The Gift Shop is one of those films that comes along once in a great while, a warped hybrid of reality and self-induced fiction while at the same time a totally entertaining experience," he added.

Exit Through The Gift Shop is due to open in UK cinemas on 5 March.

Find out more at: www.banksyfilm.com

Source: BBC.CO.UK

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Nimbus Vapor curated by Ron English at The Opera Gallery

October 02 2009 . 12:13pm

Nimbus Vapor is a street art exhibition curated by Ron English featuring 21 of the most influential street artists from all over the world including Saber and Revok of The Seventh Letter.

More info at: Opera Gallery

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