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The Splasher Gets Splished at Shepard Fairey Show

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Via Gothamist, we learn that the Splasher, the ambiguously anti-street-art yet pro-his-own-graffiti paint spatterer may have been caught. Two guys were stopped at Shepard Fairey‘s show in DUMBO last night while trying to set off a stink bomb. Although the connection between scents and splashes is lost on us, Marc at Wooster Collective explains why this might be the Splasher’s last splash:

For the last few weeks speculation has been circulating amongst the art community here that is was the Splasher who lit off a similar stink bomb at the Faile show a few weeks back in Nolita. Going beyond it just being a practical joke, the guy who lit the stink bomb then called the police informing them that there was a gas leak in the building. Minutes later fire engines arrived and the show was cleared out.

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Apparently Le Splash has been targeting both Fairey and Faile’s work out in public as well, which would confirm that the stinky instances are related. Wooster also has posted this photo of a guy they seem to think is in cahoots with the Splasher, if not Mr. Splash himself. What do you think? This guy looks more like a kid begging someone at the grown-up table to allow him to be excused.

Artists and Designers In LA Do the Numbers

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Take a look at this list: Mark Ryden & Marion Peck, Tim Biskup, Gary Baseman, Todd & Kathy Schorr, Camille Rose Garcia, Michael Hussar, Shag, Clayton Brothers, Shepard Fairey, Andrew Brandou, Gary Panter, Miss Van, Paul Frank, Isabel Samaras (above) and like a hundred more artists have been given vintage paint-by-numbers for a huge fundraiser next week in LA to benefit Kids Alliance.

Charity by Numbers runs from February 10 to February 17 at the Corey Helford Gallery, but you can bid online for the prints you like. And, the organizers have leaked a few sneak peeks to UnBeige…

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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.

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