Tuesday, July 20, 2004
What do 14-year-old skate rats have to do with art? Are hip hop and punk kids somehow important in the grand cultural scheme of things? And is it really cool to walk around underneath a swimming pool? "Lots," "Uh-huh," and "Totally" are the answers, all of which you can discover for yourself at "Beautiful Losers" and "Free Basin," two concurrent art exhibits centered around youth and street culture. "Losers" is a collection of visual art documenting the fraught relationship between edge and acceptance: Warhol and Basquiat are represented, as are scrappy locals such as Margaret Kilgallen and Clare Rojas and everyone in between. "Basin," a massive sculptural installation, is essentially a re-creation of an empty swimming pool, aka the perfect place to skateboard. Attendees enter the gallery and are funneled in under the bowl as it's being used -- the auditory barrage is part of the concept. The shows run through Oct. 10 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission (at Third Street), S.F. Admission is $3-6; call 978-2787 or visit www.yerbabuenaarts.org.
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