Justin Casquejo is a 17 year old daredevil teen, who is known for his notorious acts of life threatening stunts, one of which includes climbing the world trade center and hanging on from its top without life support. He is known for his daredevil stunts which often induce and defy vertigo, a fear of heights, like climbing from the top of a skyscraper, resting on one had from scaffolding protruding out of a tall building etc. He claims it as a form of art, where he himself is the subject of the artistic expression.
His pictures and videos are never without him in a scary position, one that not be attempted by almost all of the world’s population. His depiction of such daredevil stunts makes him interesting, though notorious and seeking attention. He remains successful in raising money for his projects from donors who are given special permits and videos when released.
His version of art is defining oneself through whatever means possible, but largely those which depict some form of abstractness of life, and shows life as smaller compared to the whole world and scenarios. He is passionate about his acts and stunts and claims it as his form of expression, through which he sends a message that art is indefinite and can be expressed in any form as one likes. Although his acts are amazing and a pleasure to watch again and again, his acts of life defying stunts are somewhat more of a deviation from what is real art. This is because for any art to sustain and flourish, the artist is necessary to survive.
Art must probably be more abstract in sense, but Justin’s acts are less of art because his videos and pictures do not encourage the viewer to think about endless possibilities but only a limited curiosity to know how he does such insane acts. Thus, his version of art is not to the extent of pure abstraction of art but just a manifestation of his personal daring.
In one of the pictures of Justin, where he is seen hanging on one hand on a scaffolding just outside of a tall building, tends to scare the observer more than reveal what is so artistic about it (Casquejo). The picture, as he contends as art, is not so because an artist is never hungry for self-recognition but is only hungry to put as much variedness as possible in his or her piece of art. Justin seems to be doing it only because he is seeking massive recognition, and also because it is like a passion for him where death defying stunts are his way of life, of expressing what he really is. The good part about him is that he does to put relentless effort in claiming that what he is doing is art, but stays back about the interpretations that his followers tend to formulate.