Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Movie: Beautiful Losers

I watched the movie Beautiful Losers this past Saturday night, as a way to wind down after a very full day of working on my own art.

This is the synopsis from the movie's website:

"BEAUTIFUL LOSERS celebrates the spirit behind one of the most influential cultural moments 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. It speaks to themes of what happens when the outside becomes "in" as it explores the creative ethos connecting these artists and today's youth"

I love hearing people's story of their life, and that's why this movie was of interest to me. Many things the different artists said, about why they create, I could really relate to, and I especially liked Shepard Fairey's quote, "The freedom of speech is guaranteed to the person with the press" or something like that.

There were a few minutes in the movie when I all of the sudden thought I had already seen it, but it turns out there was some footage that was from a few segments of Art 21.

I really enjoyed Beautiful Losers. I highly recommend it to other artists and art appreciators, as well as those who enjoy documentaries.

Available on Netflix Watch It Now.