last week, the director and producers of the new Beautiful Losers movie came to do a screening at w+k. it's so amazing to see how this small crop of artists that were brought together by NY's alleged gallery became such huge influencers and pioneers for the current low brow scene.
aaron rose started alleged gallery in a shady NY storefront in 1992 and for ten years, ran the gallery and fostered a whole generation of post-punk, skateboarding creators and helped forge their DIY attitude.
the movie features such influential artists as barry mcgee, margaret kilgallen, ed templeton, thomas campbell, and many others. the original filming included doing interviews with over 70 different artists, and these select few were chosen to be in the movie because of their great stories and their role in the current art world.
this movie has been 5 years in the making and it opens in select theaters across the US around august, though they've been doing screenings in the past few months in film festivals.
beautiful losers trailer
Beautiful Losers celebrates the spirit behind one of the most influential cultural movements of a generation. In the early 1990's a loose-knit group of likeminded outsiders found common ground at a little NYC storefront gallery. Rooted in the DIY (do-it-yourself) subcultures of skateboarding, surf, punk, hip hop & graffiti, they made art that reflected the lifestyles they led. Developing their craft with almost no influence from the "establishment" art world, this group, and the subcultures they sprang from, have now become a movement that has been transforming pop culture. Starring a selection of artists who are considered leaders within this culture, Beautiful Losers focuses on the telling of personal stories...speaking to themes of what happens when the outside becomes "in" as it explores the creative ethos connecting these artists and today's youth.