Jeff Smith 2 p.m., Dec. 18
Surfboards: Form, Art and Influence Opens Jan. 28
Space 4 Art and Loft 9 Gallery will debut their new display on January 28, Hydrodynamica: Remember the Future, an examination of the San Diego-based surfboard design revolution from 1949 through around 1970, with live music from Irwin Conspiracy and Steve Poltz.
Hydrodynamica: Remember the Future explores early surfboard design, and how the use of surfboard materials relates to and influenced post-war sculptors and designers in Southern California. Hydrodynamica is a part of the Pacific Standard Time, a series of concurrent exhibitions throughout Southern California museums and galleries that highlight the significance of art in Los Angeles region in the post World War II decades. Exhibitions and related programs began in the fall of 2011 and conclude in spring 2012.
Space 4 Art (325 15th Street) is a volunteer-designed and built arts community, which provides affordable work/live studios for San Diego artists, designers and craftspeople. The facility spans three "re-purposed" warehouses and contains galleries, a classroom, art-making facilities, and an outdoor performance area.
Hydrodynamica runs January 28 through March 9, 2012. The opening reception on Saturday, January 28 runs from 4 to 10 p.m. and will feature the music of Irwin Conspiracy and Steve Poltz at the studios of Space4Art in downtown San Diego at 325 15th Street. The exhibition will be at the same location as Loft 9 Gallery but in a much larger space.
The show was conceived and curated by Richard Kenvin, of Loft 9 Gallery. Kenvin is the director of the Hydrodynamica Project and has surfed in San Diego for over forty years.
The exhibition focuses primarily on the work of two Southern California surfboard pioneers: Bob Simmons and Carl Ekstrom.
Simmons’ board design and early use of composite construction processes in board building from 1949 to 1954 parallels California’s post-war modern design movement and profoundly influenced modern surfing and skateboarding.
Andy Warhol considered Ekstrom’s surfboards works of art and purchased two in 1968 for props in the campy surfsploitation flick San Diego Surf, shot in La Jolla while Warhol and his NYC crew lived (temporarily) in San Diego.
Below are several screenshots from the all-but-unseen feature (recently recovered and due to screen for the first time this year).
The boards helped inspire an explosion of revolutionary surfboard design in San Diego that culminated with the designs of Steve Lis in the late 1960s.
The exhibition will feature original Simmons planing hulls and other objects he made, including the boomerangs he used for experimentation.
Boards from Ekstrom, Lis, and Nicholas Mirandon will also be exhibited, along with photographs and short film clips. Viewers will be invited to ponder the relationship of these designs to California art and design from 1945 to 1980.
The artists of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s Phenomenal: California Light and Space, on display through Jan. 22, used the same materials as surfboards, polyester resins and fiberglass, consistently in their work. Once overlooked, surfboard design is currently experiencing a worldwide renaissance that is changing surfers’ perspectives on the past, and even changing the way people ride waves today.
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