I am excited to check out this documentary which is playing in Toronto this/next week! Maybe you are too?! It was directed by Eileen Yaghoobian and plays at The Royal Cinema on the following dates:
Friday November 14th @ 9:30pm Saturday November 15th @ 2:30pm Monday November 17th @ 9:15pm Tuesday November 18th @ 9:15pm Wednesday November 19th @ 7pm Thursday November 20th @ 7pm
Died Young, Stayed Pretty is a candid look at the underground poster culture in North America. This unique documentary examines the creative spirit that drives these indie graphic artists. They pick through the dregs of America’s schizophrenic culture and piece them back together. What you end up with is a caricature of the black and bloated heart that pulses greed through the US economy. The artists push further into the pulp to grab the attention of passersby, plastering art that’s both vulgar and intensely visceral onto the gnarled surfaces of the urban landscape. The film gives us intimate look at some of the giants of this modern subculture. Outside of their own circle, they’re virtually unknown. But within their ranks they make up an army of bareknuckle brawlers, publicly arguing the aesthetic merits of octopus imagery and hairy 70s porn stars. They’ve created their own visual language for describing the spotty underbelly of western civilization and they're not shy about throwing it in the face of polite society. Along the way, they manage to create posters that are strikingly obscene, unflinchingly blasphemous and often quite beautiful. Yaghoobian shows these artists for what they are: the vivisectionists of America’s morbidly obese consumer culture.
Printing the first 150 copies of this CD was fun. Printing the last 350 has been . . . taking me a while, ha.
Oh! A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of chatting with Jeff Garcia AKA Mangoepeeler's screen printing class about the pleasures and pain of screen printing at home. It was fun times! If your looking to get into screen printing, his class is a totally relaxed way to learn the process. He also makes good art stuffs to look at with your eyes. Click HERE.