|images by Chrissie Abbott, Aidan O'Neill, Cheryl Dunn, Ivory Serra. (Click any image to enlarge it)|
Chances are you are already familiar with Beautiful Losers, the traveling art exhibit turned documentary film celebrating the legacy of the artistic movement which was spawned in and around New York’s Alleged Gallery in the early 90s, joined together by the DIY aesthetics of punk rock, hip-hop and skateboarding. The marks of artists like Barry McGee, Shepard Fairey, Geoff McFetridge, Mike Mills and Harmonie Korine are widely acknowledged in popular art, design, film, and fashion.
Now, a new exhibition in London takes up the Beautiful Losers calling to “Make Something From Nothing,” featuring a group of and emerging UK artists. DIY LONDON SEEN, an exhibition documenting the work of, and inspired by the artists featured in the film, coincides with Beautiful Losers UK DVD release and screenings at the London Institute of Contemporary Arts.
Curated by Watch This Space, the show features a group of young London artists whose work embodies the spirit of the film, alongside the photography of original Loser, Cheryl Dunn, and Ivory Serra, who documented the rise of the Beautiful Losers’ artists throughout the 90s.
The artists contributing to DIY LONDON SEEN include: Arran Gregory, Aidan O’Neill, Best One, Chrissie Abbott, Clare Shilland, Charlie Woolley, Cheryl Dunn, Gustav Svanborg Edén, Graham Hudson, Harry Malt, Ivory Serra, Jethro Haynes, Marc Silver, Marcus Oakley, Niall O’Brien, Nick Jensen, Robin Clare, Sam Ashley and Toby Shuall.DIY LONDON SEEN illustrates the growth of the movement inspired by the ‘Beautiful Losers’, which is now a global phenomenon, by showcasing the work of local artists whose work takes the ethos of the Alleged gallery Artists and runs with it.
DIY LONDON SEEN runs from 17th August - 5th September 2009
11, The Market Building, Covent Garden, London WC2 8RF (next to Lush)