MANHATTAN BEACH ART CENTER PRESENTS: STREET,
SKATE, FINE ART COLLECTIVE CALIFORNIA LOCOS IN “SOMOS LOCOS” EXHIBITION WITH DUSTERS SKATEBOARD RELEASE
SOMOS LOCOS is the latest stop on the CALIFORNIA LOCOS pop-up tour of evolving exhibitions and historic cultural events. The Manhattan Beach Art Center hosts a group show of original art works, rare ephemera, and fresh surprises from the original LOCOS lineup of Chaz Bojórquez, Dave Tourjé, John Van Hamersveld, Norton Wisdom and Gary Wong.
A decades old but freshly christened movement, the LOCOS derive points of view from a hybrid insider/outsider mix of higher education and non-traditional artistic experience. With an iconoclasm bred in the interlaced underworlds of surf, skate, graffiti, and and punk, the LOCOS represent and continue to celebrate, a break from the shiny optimism of the past that had come to define LA’s visual culture, seeking instead to replace it with something dirtier, rougher, and far more vital. Like all great artists, these five have never stopped working, never stopped growing, absorbing, refining, and innovating. Rather than leveraging their past only, they remain a vital force as they challenge themselves individually and collectively, making the best works of their lives in the present.
Their movement has gained momentum, from Chinatown to Miami, Venice Beach to Virginia Beach and now Manhattan Beach and beyond. They excavate and expand upon their unique, colorful movement, and in so doing have captured global attention for their emblematic status within LA cultural history. This exhibition not only taps into LA’s resurgent interest in its own history, but also resonates with the international art world’s current recognition as well. Building on its living, archival foundation, SOMOS LOCOS creates a deeper layer, examining the decades-long art practices and individual styles of each of the LOCOS subsequent to the early heady days, and how their mature practices have continued to intertwine with the new generations of street, skate, surf, and pop surrealist artists.
SOMOS LOCOS opens March 16, 2017 at the Manhattan Beach Art Center, with a free public reception on Saturday, March 18, 3-9pm, featuring live music from Steve Alba's PowerFlex 5, Charlie Chan and the SOBs, and Los Savages. The exhibition also sees the release of both a new Dusters skateboard design for longboard and street, with an original LOCOS design by Duster's Creative Director Nano Nobrega, and a hardcover book release with essays by art scholars Charlotte Eyerman, Jim Daichendt and Introduction by art critic Shana Nys Dambrot.
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Photo by Allison Stewart
“The Endless Summer poster. Fifty years old, and it hasn’t aged a minute. So potent is the poster as an icon that it’s become a pop-culture reference within pop culture.”
- Lili Anolik | Vanity Fair
“It may be the most pervasive surf image ever created.”
- Shepard Fairey
John Van Hamersveld, in studio, 2010
Gemengde Gekleurde #2, 2014, 52”x52”, edition of 4, solvent pigment on canvas
Photo credit: David Fairchild
Chaz Bojórquez, 2014
Tres Placas, 2011, 32” X 36”, Edition 25/35, six color serigraph print
Dave Tourjé, in studio, 2014. Photo by Andrés Cuervo
2 Late 4 Luck
2014, 120” x 120””
mixed media on acrylic glass
Norton Wisdom. Photo by Regina Pagles
1985-2014, 58 1/2” X 68”
mixed media collage & oil
Gary Wong, 2014. Photo by Andrés Cuervo
La Armonia, 2014, 18” x 24”, mixed media collage
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