by Lee DeVito
More than a mere street art doc, Exit Through the Gift Shop chronicles how Banksy accidentally made an art star out of Thierry Guetta, aka Mr. Brainwash, a street art fanboy-turned-failed film director. Like Banksy's own work, the film brings up questions about authenticity and authorship. Is Exit Through the Gift Shop a doc or a hoax? Consider the tagline "A Banksy film" to be an asterisk.
The film screening kicks off an exhibition of drawings and paintings of the L.A.-based street artist "Ouzie" Louise Chen, which has an opening reception at the Main Art the next week on Saturday, June 14, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. A short film, "Creation of the World," will be screened at 6:30 p.m.
You may know of Chen's art from around Detroit — she drew a chalkboard mural at Astro Coffee in Detroit, and her signature flowers decorate a wall in Eastern Market.
Check out our cover story from a few weeks ago about Banksy, the Packard Plant, and the 555 Gallery, if you haven't yet done so already.