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Presented by the LSU Student Union Art Gallery Committee in Foster Hall Gallery, LSU Campus,
November 6 –December 4, Hours: Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Reception celebration on Friday, November 6, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. 
Construction of an Art Wall Sculpture at Foster Hall Gallery, Sunday, November 8, 1:00-5:00 p.m.

A survey of Louisiana ‘Lowbrow,’ street, or underground art (painting, sculpture, fabric design, etc.), highlighting the diversity of influences on the genre ranging from cartoons, youth culture, graffiti, and hot rods, to Surrealism. Participating artists include Charles Barbier, Matt Bourgeois, Patrick Brabham, Demond, Marc Fresh, Icon, Ryan Jetten, Jonathan Mayers, Hunter Roth, Christopher Smith, Alan Watson.


Notes from the Artistic Underground

Curator’s Statement—Notes from the Artistic Underground

This exhibition aspires to accomplish two objectives: to bring together and showcase artists from the Deep South who work in a stylistic idiom that has become known as “lowbrow art,” and to survey the mix of existentialist angst, twisted humor, and life-affirming exuberance that goes along with being an underground artist. Lowbrow was preceded by the street art, punk music, and graffiti scene that had evolved in New York during the late 1970s and early 1980s, and that was epitomized by such artists such as Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, or Kenny Scharf. Some of these ideas and artistic practices of the East Coast migrated to California a decade later, where artists like Robert Williams, Mark Ryden, and The Pizz became prime representatives of an art movement that fused the styles of underground comics, Hot Rod pin striping, road side advertisement, and gang subculture into a new type of Pop Surrealism. Since then, the aesthetics of Japanese manga and anime have become yet another powerful ingredient of the phenomenon. Lowbrow is arguably the most potent form of artistic expression embraced by a young generation of artists emerging in the new millennium. Notes from the Artistic Underground is conceived to capture its raw and unedited essence from a local perspective.

Darius A. Spieth
Associate Professor of Art History, Louisiana State University