Aaron Rose’s skate-and-street-inspired Beautiful Losers was one of the definitive art exhibits of the 2000s. Juxtapoz has the highest circulation of any arts magazine in America. Galleries are opening inside of tattoo shops, and exhibits are more like social gatherings than art events. It’s quite certain that the underground has turned into a mainstream force to be reckoned with. But that doesn’t mean it can’t still be cool.
Curated by Adrienne Miller, a local artist and staff member in the Vanderbilt art department, All Together Now is a show of 19 artists from around the country who don’t aspire to re-create the stalwarts of traditional high art, but instead use culturally relevant influences to inform the kind of work that shapes and is shaped by contemporary life.
Miller nails this sentiment in a curatorial statement: “The rise of the rock poster, the influence of folk art, graffiti, craft elements and commercial design are infiltrating traditional gallery shows and should be seen as significant influences for the upcoming generation of fine artists.” We can dig it.