Just how sorry is Shia LaBeouf? So sorry that he will privately cry in front of anyone who wants to see him do it. The 27-year-old actor opened a free art exhibit, entitled #IAMSORRY, at Cohen Gallery in L.A. on Tuesday, Feb. 11. Visitors can sit across from a completely silent LaBeouf, and, if they're lucky, see him remove a paper bag from his head and watch him cry.
According to a press release to Time on Feb. 11, LaBeouf's artistic collaborator Luke Turner, announced that the actor's "#IAMSORRY exhibit was a new "collaborate project" with performance artist Nastja Sade Ronkko and Turner. "Shia LaBeouf is sorry. Sincerely sorry," the release said. "He will be in situ at 7354 Beverly Boulevard for the duration. Implements will be provided. Free admission."
A reporter at Vulture went to the exhibit and was asked to pick a prop -- a bullwhip, pink ukelele, bowl of Hershey kisses and other unusual objects -- before entering a room alone with the Nymphomaniac star. Inside, the actor was wearing a paper bag over his head with the words "I am not famous anymore" written on the front. (He walked the red carpet in the same getup at the premiere of Nymphomaniac in Berlin on Feb. 9.)
"And so I sit across from Shia LaBeouf with our hands intertwined and resting on the pink ukelele, the actor's gaze constant and growing wetter until tears start to fall from his eyes, sliding down the brown paper bag over those messy, scrawled capital letters," Vulture reporter Kyle Buchanan recalls. "He rubs my hand with his thumb as he weeps."
A reporter at The Daily Beast had a similar experience, but upon a second trip to the exhibit, cajoled LaBeouf to remove the bag from his head in order to pose for a picture. "Can you give me a sign that you're really Shia LaBeouf?'" Daily Beast reporter Andrew Romano asked LaBeouf. "And that's when it happened: LaBeouf reached up and took the bag off his head," Romano recalled. "He looked miserable. I'm pretty sure he had been crying. We sat there silently for a few seconds, staring at each other. And then I asked my second question. 'Can I take your picture?'" With no response, Romano went ahead and took the photo.
For the past few weeks, LaBeouf has been tweeting and sky-writing apologies after he was accused of plagiarizing his short film Howardcantour.com. Many of his subsequent apologies led to more charges of plagiarism. His art exhibit also appears to be his version of Marina Abramovic's performance pieces "The Artist Is Present."
LaBeouf's #IAMSORRY exhibit will run through Sunday, Feb. 16.