Friday, March 24, 2006

Vincent Gallo and the Art of Identity

Vincent Gallo, one of the most ignomatic and potentially offensive Indie-Society Icons, makes art that centers around a persona (I hope) he has created. Writing, Directing, Starring, and Soundtracking two full length movies, releasing solo albums, and modeling for Calvin Kline, Vincent Gallo radiates pop-stardom. On his merchandise website:

He now sells his sperm, blankets from his youth, charles manson paintings, and 'Fantasy Weekends' in which he will travel to womens homes and sleep with them for a night for $50,000 (certain discounts for people of specific sexual affliations or ethnic groups). The text he writes, the interviews he does, the characters he plays in movies all carry them same archetypal abrasive foul mouth, and potentially bigoted persona.

"I, Vincent Gallo, star of such classics as Buffalo 66 and The Brown Bunny have decided to make myself available to all women. All women who can afford me, that is. For the modest fee of $50,000 plus expenses, I can fulfill the wish, dream, or fantasy of any naturally born female. The fee covers one evening with Vincent Gallo. For those who wish to enjoy my company for a weekend, the fee is increased to a mere $100,000. Heavy set, older, red heads and even black chicks can have me if they can pay the bill. No real female will be refused. However, I highly frown upon any male having even the slightest momentary thought or wish that they could ever become my client. No way Jose. However, female couples of the lesbian persuasion can enjoy a Vincent Gallo evening together for $100,000. $200,000 buys the lesbos a weekend. A weekend that will have them second-guessing."

-A quote from the "Vincent Gallo Fantasy" offer

Is he kidding? Being Ironic? Is the Vincent Gallo he portrays the sincere/real Vincent Gallo? I'm interested in how much playing with identity can be considered art, and how much is just who somebody is (is anyone actually is anyone). Obviously we cannot actually enter into a person's mind and share their perspective, but we still consider some people to be more genuine then others.

I personally hope he is not actually like this. I own his movie "Buffalo '66" (which is odd and great) and is seem that him writing a character for himself that is 'actually how he is' (consistant with all the other 'persona' schtick) seems unlikely. There is also the question that acting consumes people and they 'lose' their real selves (especially in cases of celebrity).


Blogger China said...

I don't think Vincent Gallo is being ironic. He's Vincent Gallo.

9:16 PM  

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