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Shia LaBeouf Art Show

He'd Been Crying 'Like His Cat Just Died'

2/11/2014 5:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Shia LaBeouf put on the weirdest art show in L.A. today by silently confronting fans one by one, offering them a variety of odd objects -- like whiskey and a ukelele -- all while looking like he'd been crying for days.

We have no explanation for why Shia set this up, but the show was titled "#IAMSORRY" ... and we sent one of our camera guys inside for a first person account:

"I walk into the gallery. A lady is standing behind a table with an assortment of different items apparently related to his life: whip [from "Indiana Jones"], a Transformer [from "Transformers"], Jack Daniels [he likes to drink?], bouquet of daisies, cologne, pink ukulele, etc. I pick the bottle of Jack and the lady escorts me to the next room separated by a curtain."

"Shia is sitting down, paper bag on his head, hands firmly planted on the table. I introduce myself, offer him tacos. No response. I tell him I find the bag to be distracting and if he'd be willing to take it off. He obliges."

"His eyes are red and puffy as if his cat just died."

"I tell him this all seems incredibly self-serving. No response. I ask him to share a swig of whiskey with me. No response. I ask him if any slimy characters have put their lips on the bottle -- he breaks into a wide smile. Then immediately his face returns to its regular stoic self."

"I tell him I think he's a good actor who's wildly misunderstood. I ask him if I can take a picture. No response. I say I'm a nice guy, please don't punch me in the face. I take a picture. He doesn't move. I thank him for his time and extend my hand -- he shakes it. I leave." 

That's it. Perfect follow-up to his "seagulls" press conference

We'll be having nightmares for weeks.

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76.

LanceC99    

Oh my! This is plagiarism again!

Check out the work of performance artist Marina Abramović. In 1974 she created a performance piece called Rhythm0. There has been a facebook message circulating about this piece lately. I bet he saw it!

Here is the Wikipedia description. A profile of the piece

Rhythm 0:

To test the limits of the relationship between performer and audience, Abramović developed one of her most challenging (and best-known) performances. She assigned a passive role to herself, with the public being the force which would act on her. Abramović placed on a table 72 objects that people were allowed to use (a sign informed them) in any way that they chose. Some of these were objects that could give pleasure, while others could be wielded to inflict pain, or to harm her. Among them were a rose, a feather, honey, a whip, scissors, a scalpel, a gun and a single bullet. For six hours the artist allowed the audience members to manipulate her body and actions. its very important to note that she drew upon her own personal experiences of torture of her home life[citation needed]

Initially, members of the audience reacted with caution and modesty, but as time passed (and the artist remained passive) people began to act more aggressively. As Abramović described it later: “What I learned was that... if you leave it up to the audience, they can kill you.” ... “I felt really violated: they cut up my clothes, stuck rose thorns in my stomach, one person aimed the gun at my head, and another took it away. It created an aggressive atmosphere. After exactly 6 hours, as planned, I stood up and started walking toward the audience. Everyone ran away, to escape an actual confrontation.”[7]

Oh Shia!

202 days ago
77.

Marcus    

He's bipolar. He'll be diagnosed soon. I'm sure of it.

202 days ago
78.

DDKITTY    

Artsy fartsy

202 days ago
79.

Chris    

Well, say what you want, but he does know how to keep his name out there. Maybe he'll host SNL. I'd watch.

202 days ago
80.

Veronica    

Selena gomez loves Shia, why don't they just hook up and drink whiskey all night & forget the rest :)

202 days ago
81.

lisamorunning    

Hollywood is imploding. I have been very selective as to what movies I will pay to watch. I am thinking this guy was in a movie on "my don't watch this producer/actor list". I don't know who he is and I hope he pulls himself out of his doldrums. For all the haters, I check in here occasionally, I do love movies of substance with no political agenda..

202 days ago
82.

Jimbo    

Dude seems like a jerk...is he trying too hard to be...unusual?
Try being a nice guy...

202 days ago
83.

the_truth    

"Shia on that narcotic"

202 days ago
84.

Notaparazzzi    

This ain't art. This is Failed art. Fart.

202 days ago
85.

DOLOMITE CREED    

This is a "true" apology. These are thing that Shia really loves. That is a classic Maximus Prime Action Figure. Goes for about 700.00.

202 days ago
86.

pseudonym    

Jesus Christ, this guys having a melt down in a serious way.

202 days ago
87.

Coupe09    

Bipolar is a good call. I say he's also schizophrenic.

202 days ago
88.

plum    

its all just a gimmick and TMZ is either playing right along, or incredibly stupid and falling for it.... hes not going "crazy" hes a hack artists trying to show how deep and profound he is.

and like we just totally don't get it man

202 days ago
89.

Mikey    

He thinks he's putting people on by acting mental but he really is mental and doesn't know it. He's miserable and sick and tired of people recognizing him everywhere he goes. Hey, aren't you that guy in those Transformer robot movies?

202 days ago
90.

Frosticles    

Dead, within 90 days.

202 days ago
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