Mar 26, 2009 - 10:37 PM
Directed by Harry Kim, Dirty Hands: The Art & Crimes of David Choe (shown at Castro Theater for the Asian American Film Festival) is a documentary about the L.A.-bred graffiti artist-turned-sellout's path toward success. Seven years in the making, the film follows Choe's humble beginnings as a graffiti artist and him stealing obscene amounts of food to fund his career, leading up to his incredibly detailed installation pieces at the corporate offices of Facebook. Along the way, Choe goes through major personal transformations during his travels thus affecting this "I don't give a fuck" artist's outlook on life to something much more significant. And to see his personal experiences reflected in his artwork totally makes this movie worth watching. As self-indulgent and oversexed as he may be, we can still learn from the guy. And you can't deny it, his art is indeed sick.
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