Uglier Losers

RVCAs New Image skate art show has everything Beautiful Losers doesnt

Angelino by way of Canada, Geoff McFetridge is as quietly famous as virtually anyone in either show, having inked the soundtrack cover for The Virgin Suicides and painted a rejeted cover for Relaxmagazine. And yet much of his work looks as if it was doodled on a Pee-Chee sometime in the 1980s - not a bad thing. Makes you think maybe you could, you know, do the same thing. Naaah.Geoff McFetridge shows at OCMA.


No one at RVCA, where he works, is quite sure if longboarder/artist Alex Knost is from Laguna Niguel or ... where? - but it doesn't matter. At 19, the sleepy-eyes moptop is already a citizen of the world, with a many-stamped passport, a Rin Tanaka portrait and an inclusive brand of art that is reminiscent of Ed Templeton's - but with its own slant. "It's kind of like Basquiat at the beach, if Basquiat were in OC surfing instead of shooting heroin in an alley," says RVCA's Christian Jacobs, omitting the obvious: "and not dead." Knost is alive; he plays in the Japanese Motors, and his drawings of people feature a theme of coexistence (sometimes the word "co-existing" is written on his canvases) he says comes from visiting other countries and realizing we're all about the same, give or take a few guns. Alex Knost shows at RVCA.


Long Beach native and former Orange County resident Rich Jacobs hasn't gotten a swelled head from all the attention he recieves - maybe 'cause Jacobs, now a New Yorker, hasn't fully gotten over yet. His screens of eerie floating heads should eventually make him a star; where Barry McGee's heads make you want to take a shower, Jacobs' work is more eerie and ethereal. A drink with an umbrella makes a good accessory for viewing - they're tri-bal, bud-dy. Rich Jacobs shows at RVCA.


Dana Pointian Thomas Campbell is someone who has bridged the gap: transitioning (also a good trick to know in Tony Hawk Pro Skater 4) seamlessly over art galleries from skating and painting to exhibiting works in museums and selling it. But don't hold that against him. Approachable as anyone, Campbell's rounded, ebullient painting style is a little bit McGee, a little bit Templeton, even a little bit Dean Jeffries, but all his own. Thomas Campbell shows at RVCA and OCMA.


Neck Face, as he signs himself, is from Hell, not Orange County, or so he'd have you believe. Sample scribblings: "Neck Face Evil Eyes," "Neck Face Is Ugly," "Neck Face the Devil Told Me," "Neck Face On Fire," "Neck Face Satan's Bride," "Neck Face Cat Killer." Neck Face, Neck Face, Neck Face. He's actually an East Coaster, but his kind of street art is guaranteed to raise hackles just about anywhere outside the Brain of Neck Face. "He draws these crazy things," RVCA's Christian Jacobs says. "He draws these Satanic things, but they're really Halloween. He's not a Satanist, but people think he is." So in other words, the joke is on them? Neck Face shows at RVCA.


Sure Huntington Beach resident Deanna Templeton is the wife of made skater/artist Ed Templeton, whose gold spray-apinted tennis shoes sell for dough on eBay. And yes, she and her shusbandboth are known for their photography - but there their styles diverge. Where Ed documents the prankishness, beer-for-breakfast, frankly (rankly?) sexual vibe of skaters, punkers, surfers and their hangers-on, Deanna Templeton's work has a feminist bent that takes a second to catch, until you consider the significance of wearing a low-cut top, then having a pro skater or surfer or whatever sign your ample decolletage. She also has an excellent photo of skater/artist Margaret Kilgallen on her stick on a gloomy San Francisco street, lit by the day's one ray of sun. Ed Templeton (work above) shows at RVCA and OCMA; Deanna Templeton shows at RVCA.

"BEAUTIFUL LOSERS" AT THE ORANGE COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART, 850 SAN CLEMENTE DR., NEWPORT BEACH, AND AT ORANGE LOUNGE, SOUTH COAST PLAZA, 3333 BEAR ST., COSTA MESA, (949) 759-1122 OR (949) 759-1122, EXT. 272; WWW.OCMA.NET. FEB. 6-MAY 15. CALL FOR HOURS. $5-$7; TUES., FREE; "THE NEW IMAGE ART SHOW" AT RVCA, 919 SUNSET DR., COSTA MESA, (949) 548-6223; WWW.RVCACLOTHING.COM. FEB. 7-MARCH 7; VIP RECEPTION FEB. 4, 7-11 P.M. MUST RSVP FOR RECEPTION.

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