O.C. exhibit displays surf, skate lifestyle

In Arts & Entertainment

The exhibit, “Beautiful Losers” at the Orange County Museum of Art displays an alternate view of a much overlooked counterculture. The culture that is shown explores the world of people who love the skate, surf, graffiti and indie music scene.

The artists use their lifestyles to their advantage by documenting them through various types of mediums. The exhibit begins with “Roots and Influences,” which showcases artists who were influenced by Keith Haring, Andy Warhol and Jean Michel Basquiat. The expansive gallery contains some very interesting works of art, such as the section about Shepard Fairey. He is known for the “OBEY” sticker he created, which he posts anywhere from telephone poles to high towers. His manifesto tells why he does what he does. It basically says that the OBEY sticker has no meaning, and that he uses his art to make people react and be more aware of their environment.

Something that will not be missed visually is a wood installation by Chris Johanson. The structure has an opening where you can view televisions that have people on each screen banging drums. The history of the piece stresses that the artist is commenting on the new psychological trends. The types of mediums range from a projection by Harmony Korine, who wrote the movie “Kids,” to sexually graphic photographs from Terry Richardson and Larry Clark. While this art may be entirely out of the “norm” for some art worlds, it does an extremely good job of taking a snapshot of a scene and lifestyle and showing what creative aspects can come out of it.

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