The Hole is pleased to announce a special exhibition from RVCA entitled “NOW & THEN: Beautiful Losers, Alleged Gallery & the 90s Lower East Side,” curated by Aaron Rose. His gallery on Ludlow Street on the Lower East Side from 1992-2001, Alleged Gallery, and the scene around it was captured in the film "Beautiful Losers" that debuted ten years ago this August.
The “NOW & THEN” exhibition venerates the 10-year anniversary of the ‘Beautiful Losers’ documentary that made its US premiere on August 8, 2008 at the IFC center in New York. ‘Beautiful Losers,’ directed by Aaron Rose and Joshua Leonard, captured the characteristic spirit of a community of artists affiliated with the Alleged Gallery in Manhattan in the early 1990’s. The film depicted a community of artists including Barry McGee, Ed Templeton, Mike Mills, Thomas Campbell, Jo Jackson, Shepard Fairey, Chris Johanson and Margaret Kilgallen during the Alleged Gallery era.
Today a community to which these artists belong still exists in the form of the RVCA Artist Network Program. This program encompasses RVCA’s ongoing effort to advocate, promote and lend support to artistic talents who embody the nonconformist spirit found in street, youth, and skate culture and subvert the traditional art world. As such, RVCA has tapped longtime-members of the RVCA Artist Network Program to participate in this group exhibition that celebrates the ethos of the ‘Beautiful Losers’ film, and the era it encapsulated.
DIY/“outsider” art and its acceleration to the cultural forefront will be revisited with the “NOW & THEN” exhibition. On site will be both artworks and collaborative RVCA merchandise from artists including but not limited to: Aaron Rose, Andre Razo, Ari Marcopoulos, Barry McGee, Cheryl Dunn, Chris Johanson, David Aron, Deanna Templeton, Ed Templeton, Geoff McFetridge, Ivory Serra, Jo Jackson, Margaret Kilgallen, Mark Gonzales, Mike Mills, Rita Ackermann, Shepard Fairey, Stephen Powers, Susan Cianciolo, Thomas Campbell, Tobin Yelland and Tom Sachs.
In a continuation of the RVCA brand ethos of promotion and development of artistic talent, proceeds from the sale of collaborative merchandise from the gallery exhibition will benefit Redhook Labs, a public-benefit corporation located in Red Hook, Brooklyn and Downtown Los Angeles, which establishes arts education in public schools and community centers.
"NOW & THEN" proudly presented by RVCA, will be on view to the public starting Friday, August 24th through Saturday, September 1st 2018 at The Hole, located at 312 Bowery, New York, New York, 10012.
The "NOW & THEN" collaborative capsule collection will be available on location at the gallery space as well as online at RVCA.COM starting Friday, August 24. Collaboration merchandise will include limited-edition products in collaboration with ALLEGED, ED TEMPLETON, GEOFF MCFETRIDGE, TOBIN YELLAND, and more…