Belgian chocolates, whiskey and Transformers toys are among the oddities in the actor's faux performance art piece proposal, which THR has exclusively obtained.
Shia LaBeouf's strange antics have continued this past week. He first drew attention after Defamer reported that he wants to stage a repentance-themed performance art show at an unnamed Los Angeles art gallery, part of his so-called apology tour for plagiarizing work by author Daniel Clowes.
Soon after, he announced via Twitter that the series of apologies, including hiring a skywriting company to write “I am sorry Daniel Clowes” over the city of L.A., was itself all a performance-art act. Even the plagiarism, he contended, was part of the Joaquin Phoenix-esque game.
“In the midst of being embroiled in acts of intended plagiarism, the world caught me & I reacted,” he tweeted. “The show began. I became completely absorbed, oblivious to things around me.”
While it’s now unclear if LaBeouf plans to carry out his art show after telling the world the pose is all a ruse, The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the Nymphomaniac actor contacted at least four art spaces, including downtown L.A.-based contemporary Francois Ghebaly Gallery, to propose his piece.
"We got an inquiry from him," gallery owner Francois Ghebaly tells THR. "We responded that we'd be interested to discuss it with him. Nothing is sure at all."
One gallerist -- who wishes to remain unnamed – was contacted by LaBeouf, who emailed him a proposal, which THR has obtained exclusively and which is excerpted below. The actor describes his planned show, titled #IAMSORRY; it would feature pliers, whiskey, Belgian chocolates, Transformers toys, printed-out Twitter comments on folded paper and a ukelele.
“For 7 days, Shia will sit at a table in a small, boxy room at the rear of a Los Angeles gallery,” it reads. “It is not clear if this is actually Shia, or an imposter. A paper bag will cover his head, emblazoned with the words ‘I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE.’”
A long table, holding the assortment of items, or “implements” as LaBeouf calls them, would be on hand to be used by visitors however they wanted. "It will be made clear that they can do what they please with this item," reads the proposal. LaBeouf – or the imposter – “will remain silent throughout … He will be subjected to humiliation or forgiveness at the visitor’s discretion.”
Not every gallerist contacted was as keen on the proposal as Ghebaly. The art purveyor who provided the below proposal didn't respond at all, telling THR "I thought it wasn't real."
As another L.A. gallerist (who did not receive the proposal) observes: “He’s really itching to be the next James Franco huh?”