Smart bets: Reckless Abandon

Local muralist Gus Cutty brings together fellow aerosol artists Trek 6, Ishmael, Ted Harper, Topr, Melt FTK and Big Bertha in the group show Reckless Abandon. It’s an exhibit than concerns itself as much with aesthetics as with social issues: “In this extremely sensitive period of Asheville’s growth from obscure mountain town to premier tourist destination, the argument of graffiti versus art is one that has continued to raise emotions throughout the community and which this show hopes to address in a constructive manner,” says a press release. “All of these artists began their artistic development in very different locations from Miami to Boston and San Francisco, practicing the art of graffiti lettering and the craft of aerosol manipulation. This show is a testament to the power of a youth culture that has saved so many from darker paths and even led some to very successful careers in fine art and graphic design.” Reckless Abandon opens on Friday, June 27, 7-9 p.m. at Carolina Cinemas. It runs through the end of July. Pictured: “Wrath of God” by Gus Cutty

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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