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Even worse, the makers of the video take a very superficial approach to their subjects and seem to be more interested in promoting the notion of the importance of their subjects than in actually delving into anything particularly interesting.
For example, various of the artists touch upon the issue of navigating between art for art's sake and commodification from time to time, but the topic is not dealt with in any depth. We are mostly presented with their forays into the commercial art world as implied validations of their significance as "real" artists without any explanation for why this should be the standard used (perhaps it should, but there should be some support given for such a notion). If this implication wasn't intended, then the samples of their commercial work (generally given without context) have no point that I can see.
Speaking of lack of context, at one point it's mentioned that "a company" flew many of these artists to Japan for a series of shows. It seems strange that the videomakers go out of their way to not name the company, especially since this is (yet again) apparently supposed to impress the viewers. There's a lot of context missing from this video that would have made it much more interesting: as it is, it's an intermittently enjoyable and annoying promo piece for some good artists. It is to Exit Through the Gift Shop, to which some have compared it, as The Blue Lagoon is to Lord of the Flies.
recommend the film. The artists their work and motivations. Some have become successful and exhibit all over the world. It's a glimpse into another dimension and lifestyle. I found it informative and enlightening.
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I'm an older woman and the art itself isn't something with which I feel much resonance. Nevertheless, these kids are so
authentic and free in their expression of their creativity, that I was drawn into watching and enjoying the process through
which they worked together, inspired each other and created their gallery.
They take "art" out of the realm of elitism and let others see how we can give ourselves permission to create in any way that feels good to us. These artists are/were skaters, cartoonists, punks, taggers and an all round mix of men and women being true to themselves and what excites them most. They also beautifully demonstrate the joys of being part of a group of artists working both alone and together to form an authentic movement doing just what they love to do.
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