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Monday, February 13, 2012

Full Deck: A Short History of Skate Art at San Bernardino

Full Deck: A Short History of Skate Art

Once dubbed as “an entire sub-culture emerging from a once-taboo pastime, made-up of individuals who value creativity and freedom of expression”; skateboarding has entered art galleries a long time ago; especially since the first Dogtown-Bulldog boards were painted by Wes Humpston, in the late 70’s. Since then, the two words skate + art have commingled to form the new word skart. Ever since the first graphic was drawn onto the hidden underside of skateboards, the culture of skateboarding has grown hand-in-hand with visual arts movements such as the Mission School, Pop Art, and graffiti. The skate culture’s embrace of individual style, approach, and intention is what continues to draw new skaters to this renegade art practice—a hybrid in a realm of its own. And like the inclusive surf community, skaters and skate artists span several generations.

To celebrate the artistic expression of skaters, an exhibition had been created around 2009… The show was called “Full Deck: A Short History of Skate Art” and it's been on display everywhere in America for a very long time now. The exhibition is an anthology of skate art from the 1960's to the present and features historic decks from private collections, unique hand-painted decks, commercial boards, photography, painting, prints, sculpture, and video: close to 300 decks borrowed from artists, skaters, and companies from across the country will be on display.

The show is now making a stop at The Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art, located on 5500 University Parkway, San Bernardino CA 92407-2318. Although admission to the museum is free (Suggested donation is $3.), be prepared to pay $5 for parking. The museum usually opens at 11 a.m. on Thursdays and at 10 a.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
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posted by Xavier Lannes @ Monday, February 13, 2012 


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