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    Shia LaBeouf 'exhibit' opens in L.A. gallery

    11:58 AM, Feb 12, 2014   |    comments
    Shia LaBeouf attends the 'Nymphomaniac Volume I (long version)' premiere during 64th Berlinale International Film Festival at Berlinale Palast on February 9, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Francois Berthier/Getty Images)
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    (USA TODAY) -- Shia LaBeouf's meltdown/atonement/performance-art tour continued on Tuesday in a Los Angeles art gallery, where the actor sat silently at a table with a bag labeled "I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE" over his head as visitors filed past.

    Welcome to #IAMSORRY, an exhibit that's a "collaborative project" between LaBeouf, Finnish performance artist Nastja Säde Rönkkö and British artist Luke Turner, according to a press release sent to Time.

    Here's what happened on the first day of the show, which runs through Sunday:

    The setting: The Cohen Gallery, which is across the street from BuzzFeed's L.A. offices. (Probably just a coincidence, right?)

    The set-up: After a security check, visitors were ushered in one at a time, according to BuzzFeed. Once inside, they were invited to pick an "implement," which BuzzFeed says included "a leather whip, a pair of pliers, a vase of daisies, an Optimus Prime Transformer toy, a bowl of Hershey's Kisses, a bowl of folded slips of paper containing tweets about LaBeouf, a large bottle of Jack Daniel's, a small bottle of Brut cologne, a pink ukulele, and the graphic novel The Death-Ray by Daniel Clowes." (Clowes is the artist whom LaBeouf blatantly copied for his critically praised short film HowardCantour.com, and the outcry over that seems to have started this whole Shia-is-sorry-and-retiring-from-public-life tour back in December.) After choosing an "implement," visitors were brought to a seated LaBeouf, who was wearing a bag over his head that resembled the one he sported at Sunday's Berlinale International Film Festival.

    The experience: Both BuzzFeed's Adam B. Vary and The Daily Beast's Andrew Romano report that LaBeouf looked like he'd been crying. He did not speak, even when the bag was pulled off his head by a BuzzFeed staffer. LaBeouf did shake Romano's hand twice, though, and he did allow himself to be photographed, despite a "no photography" sign in the gallery.

    The verdict, Part I: The Daily Beast's Romano was oddly moved by the whole spectacle. "I actually felt something real. Something strange and complex. Something like sympathy. ...There was more going on in those few seconds than in a lot of contemporary art. LaBeouf's look-at-me Internet penance ritual had become an actual moment between actual people," he wrote.

    The verdict, Part II: Meanwhile, BuzzFeed's Vary noted that the stunt was "very similar to artist Marina Abramovic's famous installation 'The Artist is Present' at New York's Museum of Modern Art, in which the artist sat at a table across from a series of single museum visitors over the course of three months in 2010." Hmmm...

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