Baigues and I went to see Beautiful Losers last night at the ever lovely ICA.
The film is documentary by Aaron Rose about an American art scene in the 90s that grew from a bunch of skaters, graffiti artists and kids in check shirts. I know nothing about art, but according to wikipedia it features Thomas Campbell, Cheryl Dunn, Shepard Fairey, Harmony Korine, Geoff McFetridge, Barry McGee, Margaret Kilgallen, Mike Mills, Steven “Espo” Powers, Aaron Rose, Ed Templeton and Deanna Templeton.
Names aside, it’s a truly brilliant film. I think I even recognised bits of the art. Blimey.
I thought I’d hate it during the first 20 minutes, there’s an awful lot of talk about just how cool they were as a group, but it got so much better when they moved into the bigger stuff about the reasons behind their art, the effect it had on the scene overall and the effect it had on their lives and motivations. Once we got into that stuff it was easy to see the importance of the group stuff at the start, it wasn’t just them bragging.
I’m massively envious of them all. The artists had such a brilliant work ethic, they really slaved over what they believed in and the community around it is just incredible. Social Media will never be that cool. They’ll never make a film out of us and we’ll certainly never have parties like they ever did. No one will ever make a skateboard with the Conversation Prism on it.