LAB Boston is proud to present “Bare Knuckle Brawlers”, the poster show for “Died Young, Stayed Pretty”. The opening of the show will be Friday, June 26th from 7-10pm and will feature the following artists: James Quigley, Jesse Ledoux, Jeff Kleinsmith, theMiracle5, Dan McCarthy, Nate Duval, Darren Pasemko and other local artists. LAB has worked closely with Eileen Yaghoobian, Producer/Director and Kristin Groener to showcase artwork in connection with the documentary. (www.diedyoungstayedpretty.com)
Died Young, Stayed Pretty is a documentary about the underground poster culture in North America, from the ’60s psychedelic masters, like Victor Moscoso, to the gig poster crew today. The artists represented in the film “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,” says director Eileen Yaghoobian.
Outside of their own subculture these posterists are virtually unknown. “But within their ranks they make up an army of bare-knuckle brawlers, publicly arguing the aesthetic merits of octopus imagery and hairy ’70s porn stars.” They?ve created their own visual language and have created posters that are “strikingly obscene, unflinchingly blasphemous and often quite beautiful.” Yaghoobian’s film is the first (and maybe the last) of its kind.