Shia LaBeouf's Beating Heart and 5 Other Arty Celebrity Side Projects
For SXSW 2015, Shia LaBeouf teamed up with frequent collaborators Nastja Säde Rönkkö and Luke Turner (the crew behind the paper bag incident) for another round of experimental performance art. LaBeouf hooked himself up to a heart monitor for six days (anyone can listen to it) as commentary on his struggle with panic attacks.
In keeping with James Franco's deliberate efforts to be everywhere and everything – soap opera star, author, poet, student, professor – it wasn't surprising when news broke in 2011 that he'd launched a large-scale project called the Museum of Non-Visible Art ("composed entirely of ideas … the artworks themselves are not visible," is how he described it). Franco sold a piece called "Fresh Air" – which was literally nothing, just air – for $10,000.
Tilda Swinton mastered the art of sleeping, literally, in this 2013 performance art piece at New York's Museum of Modern Art, for which she slept in a glass box on random days – even the museum's staff didn't know when she'd be coming in.
While Nick Offerman's utilitarian Parks and Recreation character Ron Swanson would be reluctant to call these pieces "art," we don't see how you could deem the handmade wood creations from Offerman Woodshop anything else. (We didn't know what a meat paddle was until this moment, but now we need it.)
LUCY LIU'S PAINTINGS
While many celebs-turned-artists face accusations of attention grabbing, Elementary star Liu has been quietly painting for years – and only in March 2015 revealed decades of her abstract, mixed-media pieces on lucyliu.net. "Ultimate, I think it is about sharing – it's about being in an experience," she tells PEOPLE.