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Aaron Rose Curates Sister Corita Down Under

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We know not how various timezones interact across this fair planet, so it may be far too late for this message to reach our five Australian readers. But we thought the information that Official UnBeige Favorite Aaron Rose was curating a show of works by Official UnBeige Nun Sister Corita Kent was interesting, to say the least. “Passion for the Possible” opens at Monster Children (very cool site, worth checking out) in Sydney tonight at 6pm. Or is it yesterday already? Tomorrow?

The show runs until February 6, and Rose will be doing a talk on Saturday, January 19 at 1pm. We also hear there will be a screening of Beautiful Losers in Sydney and we’re hearing some very, very interesting rumors about another US screening (besides the NY one; get your tickets), which we can tell you more about once we get to the bottom of them. And figure out what time it is in Australia.

One more rad Corita montage below…

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Beautiful Losers Screening In New York and The Rest of AIGA NY’s Spring Calendar

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AIGA NY has posted its spring Small Talks schedule, which we always like to promote here on UnBeige due to their eclectic nature as well as their low, low price ($75 for all four talks for members). James Biber, Alisa Grifo and Barbara Glauber are all on the schedule, starting with Biber on February 5.

But the hands-down highlight is a screening of the film Beautiful Losers, something we’ve been tracking here for almost a year. We first got a sneak peek from director Aaron Rose last winter, then caught a revised work in progress screening at the Swerve Festival (where almost everyone we talked to walked out saying, “Damn, I really need to go home and make something right now.”) Rose will be doing a Q&A after the screening and we’re hoping that a few of the NY artists will come out as well.

Sadly for the general public, the Beautiful Losers screening is only open to AIGA members (but, hey, it might be worth joining for this!). As far as a wide release date, the website says spring; we’re hearing June. Until then, you can watch the trailer, and hopefully it will inspire you to make at least part of something.

Partying with NADA, ANP and the Return of the Re-Run

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After swigging several dozen Stefan Sagmeister-tinis over at the Wolfsonian, we zig-zagged over to the Paris Theater where NADA (that would be the New Art Dealers Alliance) and ANP Quarterly hosted Nike’s “Re-Run” vintage running exhibition for the final stop on its four-city tour. The mystery musical act Car Clutch? It was actually ANP’s Brendan Fowler (who up until now we knew as BARR) and Ethan Swan. We caught Gang Gang Dance thrashing away while a packed-to-capacity crowd went wild in the orchestra pit. Unhappier hipsters waited in the lines that stretched outside until last call.

The installation snaked two stories high into the gorgeous Art Deco interiors, where Aaron Rose gathered work from a group of artists we’d like to call the next generation of Beautiful Losers: Scott Campbell, Tracy Nakayama, Andrew Jeffrey Wright, Kime Buzzelli, Steven Harrington, Jesse Spears (who we’re still loving for her tattoo booth at Swerve), Eric Mast, Mike Pare, Jo Ratcliff and Alexis Ross, who painted the killer portrait of legendary long-distance runner Steve Prefontaine below. Photos are by Dan Monick and Jeaneen Lund. Graphics on the over 300 panels are by Keith Scharwath, with more images here. More Miaminess shots from Ed Templeton at ANP’s blog.

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Giant Pinwheels, Talking Trees and Not-So-Temporary Tattoos: Swerve Festival Photos

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We spent a few breezy moments sitting beneath a pinwheel designed by Mike Mills as it spun over Hollywood at the first-annual Swerve Festival. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday.

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Festival papa Jonathan Wells opens the first night’s screening of Surfwise.

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Aaron Rose does a sound check at the BARR Listening Tree; art by Jesse Spears.

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Spears also manned the highlight of the festival, a Sharpie tattoo booth.

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Crowds swelled to both observe and receive Spears’ awesome semi-permanent artistry.

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More Awesomeness Announced for Swerve Festival

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Just when we think, surely Jonathan Wells and his merry gang can’t squeeze any more action into these three days of joy, they hit us up with yet another announcement. Here’s the latest news from the Swerve Festival, taking place next weekend in LA.

Remember we told you that Aaron Rose would be curating the art show? Well here’s what Rose has to say about that: “Looking at art in galleries is dead. I didn’t want to have a little art ghetto in the middle of this dynamic festival.”

So, artists like Mike Mills, Terry Richardson, Thomas Campbell, Geoff McFetridge, Ed Templeton, Chris Johanson and more were given instructions for how to build 15-foot high pinwheels that will dot the Barnsdall Art Park grounds.

25 trees will be transformed into “Listening Trees” where you can put on a pair of vintage headphones and hear musicians and performing artists like Animal Collective, No Age, Tommy Guerrero and BARR.

Plus, poke your face into novelty backdrops with cut-out head-holes by graffiti artists, check out the murals by Sage Vaughn, Chris Pastras and Jesse Spears, and should you want to take the art home with you, Jesse Spears will even grace a selected body part with a Sharpie tattoo.

Tickets and details here. And we will see you there.

Jonathan Wells Gets His Swerve On In LA

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We’ve been shopping for a new festival to wrap our arms around out here in LA and who better to deliver it than Jonathan Wells, who brought us the RESFESTs that we love so dearly. Yes, kids, the Swerve Festival is coming to town September 28-30:

SWERVE FESTIVAL isn’t just a film festival or a music festival or an art show-it’s all of these things,” says Jonathan Wells, Festival Director. “There’re no sidebars, all of our programs feature top-notch talent that stand on their own, yet are more cohesive as a whole. One of the trademarks of West Coast creative culture is the cross pollination of creative disciplines–art, music and film are interrelated and overlapping. This is the first festival to celebrate that.”

The film festival will run throughout the weekend, including two films we’re dying to see: Surfwise by Doug Pray, and Control, the story of Joy Division’s Ian Curtis, directed by the great Anton Corbijn. Closing the festival is the movie The Man Who Souled the World about skater Steve Rocco. Should that inspire you, roll right over to the CreateAskate workshop where you can make your own skateboard, right before you make your own broken elbow.

Art will be curated by Aaron Rose with his usual crew of “Losers”: Mike Mills, Geoff McFetridge, Terry Richardson, Thomas Campbell, Sage Vaughn, Ed Templeton, and more.

Bonus: That identity up there is by Hunter Gatherer, another good sign of things to come.

The “Re-Run” Rewind

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For those of you in the sticky city that is New York, this is the last weekend to catch Nike’s “Re-Run,” celebrating the birth of jogging–or “yogging,” we think the “j” might be silent.

The warehouse-y space inside powerHouse Books in DUMBO has been taken back, way back to 1977, with stacks of 70′s-inspired panels holding running shoes, old Nike ads, women’s lib buttons, the actual waffle iron used to press the soles, and art by Scott Campbell, Tracy Nakayama and Andrew Jeffrey Wright. Our pal Aaron Rose curated the whole thing, with Keith Scharwath on the totally trippy graphics.

Lots more shots and pictures from the party on 7/7 (where 77 drummers played a 77-minute set before their fingers fell off) here and nice commentary at Supertouch and Viewers Like You.

Serving Inspiration (and Gelato) at the Portfolio Center

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Hotlanta delivered with a 90-degree day as we made our way to the sizzling little school we used to frequent only a few years ago. As always, the walls were slathered with fine work, the halls buzzed with laughter, Hank Richardson played tennis in a classroom, and students carted boxes of projects in various states of completion up and down the stairs. It was great to be back.

As promised to our incredible audience, we’re posting the links to the many, many people we noted in our presentation who’ve inspired us recently, which also reads like a Best of UnBeige list. Here goes: Steve Delahoyde and the cool kids at Coudal, Dave Werner and his killer portfolio, UnBeige 2006 Crush Ze Frank, Stefan Bucher‘s Daily Monsters, proud parents (of Speak Up and other little things) Bryony Gomez-Palacio and Armin Vit, Materials and Applications, Treat Street (shhhh, don’t tell!), Jen Bekman and Hey, Hot Shot, Kate Bingaman and her Obsessive Consumption, the lovely Marian Bantjes, Sally Hogshead‘s Radical Careering, Debbie Millman and Design Matters (with Steven Heller today!), Eric Mahoney aka Samurai Love God, Dan Rollman‘s awesome t-shirts, Khoi Vinh‘s Subtraction, Nathan Davidson and his Unibrow, and Keith Scharwath, Aaron Rose and all of the Beautiful Losers.

Thank you to the kind people at the Portfolio Center for having us back and of course, to Ciao Bella Gelato, our favorite gelato in the whole wide world.

Aaron Rose’s New Group Show Opens in LA

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It was hard not to feel the love at the opening of “Other Scenes” at Roberts & Tilton Saturday night, namely because the gallery was throbbing with the belly-warming aural assault of No Age, who played a live set amidst the art-goers. The Aaron Rose-curated show featured the work of Raymond Pettibon, Ryan McGinley and Rita Ackermann, among others, and was attended by more than a few stars of the documentary Beautiful Losers, currently in the final stages of post production.

Rose’s ever-present hat bobbed among Mike Mills and web designer-of-the-moment Miranda July, Ed and Deanna Templeton, Craig Stecyk, and Geoff McFetridge with a little one in tow. A “Scrubby”-looking Zach Braff poked his head in for a bit, and a sighting of a cast member from the “L Word” also generated some buzz, although we never did quite find out which one it was.

The crowds thinned a bit as the stack of empty Coors Banquet Beers grew taller, and No Age began to pack up for a second show at the Troubadour, but we did have the chance to compliment Randy Randall on his coonskin hat, which, as the attached tag proved, was an authentic Frontierland purchase.

Beautiful, Yes, But These Ain’t No Losers

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We’ll never forget how cool we felt telling someone who lived in St. Louis about the “Beautiful Losers” exhibition when it started its global ramble a few years ago. For someone new to LA, this roster of artists was the ultimate measure of how much a place like California ruled. “Oh yeah, it’s like graffiti, and skateboarding, and, you know, surfing…” Popular culture has since been irrevocably altered by that unofficial collective of artists, and today, if we were to tell that same person about the show, we could even call a few of the artists by name–”Geoff McFetridge, Shepard Fairey, Mike Mills…”–and that person would probably get it. Dude, we bet even our parents would get it.

A lot of that has to do with “Beautiful Losers” co-curator Aaron Rose, who invited us to a special sneak preview of his documentary film of the same name. Beautiful Losers tracks the unlikely careers of this group, who more or less converged at Rose’s infamous Alleged Gallery in New York during the 90′s. Footage from that period, with the artists assembling group shows, makes for some of the most incredible shots in the movie. And it made us realize how wrong we were about the whole thing.

We always thought that this art, drawing from fringe and fuck yous, was generated by this cultural elite trying to out-hip each other. But it’s not. These were just kids, creating the only way they knew how, often with very little training or resources, teaching each other. And seeing them all on film, together, it’s their earnestness more than anything that shines through. They might swear up and down they’re losers–a surprisingly-eloquent Ed Templeton has one of the best quotes in the movie about it–but they’re pretty much heroes for anyone out there who wants to make something they love.

We hear that a few scenes will be screened at the RVCA party in Sundance, with Money Mark playing songs from the score live. Definitely worth skipping one of those other movies for.