Can Anyone be an Artist? Banksy vs. Mr. Brainwash.

Via on May 24, 2011

Exit Through the Gift Shop began for me as a mind-expanding dialogue about art, its meaning, and the role of the artists who create it. The Oscar nominated film chronicles the path of an eccentric shopkeeper (and wannabe artist’s) rise to stardom in a alarmingly superficial art world where his supporters seem to be following the herd rather than thinking for themselves.

As an art egalitarian, I believe everyone has the potential to express themselves meaningfully and creatively, and that we carry a responsibility to think deeply about the issues brought up by art and culture. I have also believed that one needn’t have a Picasso-sized talent to do so.

This film turned me all on my head. What do you believe about your inner artist? Do you have one? What makes an artist?

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About Diana Mercer

I've been delighting in and learning from children for almost 20 years as a teacher, and former owner of Clementine Studio: Art Space for Children. I love to watch a child's spirit emerge and develop through the process of art. I'm also a big fan of stilling my mind with yoga, meditation, and the art of mindfulness, cooking up a fresh, local and organic dinner from the Farmer's Market, making sweet music with my friends, and baking fancy birthday cakes.

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2 Responses to “Can Anyone be an Artist? Banksy vs. Mr. Brainwash.”

  1. Jen says:

    I have not seen the movie, but am anxious to do so! I truly believe everyone is an artist. It is so important to express ourselves, whether it is through movent, paintiing, singing, or drawing. In "1,000 journals" , the narrator makes an exelent point that if you go into a Kindergarten class and ask who is an artist, every single kid will raise their hand. This number dwindles as children enter middle and high school, and if you were to ask a room full of adults if anyone was an artist, the majority would laugh and say that they could not draw a straight line. As we get older, we become SO self critical and so self censoring! We need to let our ego go and just express ourselves.

  2. Diana Mercer diana says:

    loved your thoughts ari. whether the story about mbw is true, or an elaborate construction, the challenge for me is not to go to the "he's a phony rip-off" place. like you said…who am I to judge? its a creative process, whatever he's doing…

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