June 20, 2009 —
Subcultures often define the hottest trends and niche markets in contemporary society. An Exploration of Contemporary Subcultures is the theme for this year's Style Tribes exhibit of research conducted by eight Design & Merchandising students in their Visual Merchandising II course. These students explored the changing nature of subculture and its uneasy, yet necessary, relationship with mainstream culture. The exhibit kicks off with a reception on Wednesday, July 15th from 6-9 PM at the International House (3701 Chestnut St.).
About the Artists: Jamie Diehl celebrates the lasting impact the Star Trek series has had on its fans. Cynthia Ditaranto looks at the pivotal moment in the early 80's when Hip Hop first crossed over to mainstream and its impact on international cultures today. Antonella Durantine examines "Krump,' the dance subculture which positions itself as an antidote to gang violence. Louise Gallen explores contemporary Androgynes, their history and how they use modern communications technology to enhance their message. Lisa Joseph illustrates the ever-lasting appeal of 1960's surf culture. Emily Ledford documents the explosion of a highly branded and merchandised intentional subculture, Tektonik. Adrienne Midash critiques a subculture largely manufactured by Disney. And Heather Stewart revels in true outsider subculture turned insider urban fashion trend leader Skatepunx.