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The Rise of RAD @ Torrance Art Museum


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Sandow Birk

The Torrance Art Museum is currently exhibiting a show called “The Rise of RAD: The Influence of Skate Culture on Contemporary Art” that will be on display until September 4th. This exhibition features several artists  including  Sandow Birk, Olafur Eliasson, Jenene Nagy, and Matthew Schenning.

Curator Max Presneill says:

Erupting from the Californian surf scene of the 1960s and branching out into music, language, street art and street clothing, skateboard culture has spanned the globe with its focus on individuality, freedom and a transgressive mixture of sport and play. This exhibition’s focus is on contemporary art that can trace its roots to this sub-culture-gone-mainstream, exploring urban architecture, resistance, and the core values of the skate phenomenon through the matrix of urban theory and politics. It utilizes theoretical, historical, sociological and contemporary art facets to explore how a Californian children’s toy went through technological advances that led to a revolution throughout youth culture and, in turn, spread to the world and impacted culture from the street to the museum.

Artists often take inspiration from their own youth subcultures – even in general culture skateboarding has subconsciously made itself part of the air breathed here in SoCal and elsewhere across the world. When artists look at skateboarding they see the implications of the activity – political, sociological, psychological, etc and can react to this, to build on the meaning of it, the content, to look at wider issues. The physical engagement with the activity of skateboarding, as well as the immersion in the subcultures that it generates – with all of its implicit profiles of rebellion, individuality, freedom and separation from mainstream society – can and does create an infrastructure of interpretation of Being. This includes a variety of things in the world, by necessity of course, ranging from the methodology of spatial movement and interaction within the architecture of the urban environment to the idealization of the Self as essentially existential and isolated.

The physiological extremes that the body itself is forced into, with its moments of exhilarating danger, the triumph of will over gravity that heightens the perceptual moment, the adrenaline rush of speed all become inextricably linked to untheorized but present aspects of engagement between the inner self and ones surroundings. All that is needed is the soundtrack and the act of skateboarding becomes its own mythology of experience for the practitioner – one that is shaped by the nexus point where lifestyle, sense of self, motion, movement and the mechanics by which this achieved come together.

“The Rise of RAD: The Influence of Skate Culture on Contemporary Art”
Showing: July 24-September 4, 2010
Torrance Art Museum

3320 Civic Center Drive
Torrance, CA 90503

Free Admission

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Museums: The Reflected Gaze at Torrance Art Museum


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The Torrance Art Musemu opens its 2010 schedule with another ambitious show based on self portraits. Artists included are Justin Bower, Chuck Close, Emily Counts, Ariel Erestingcol, Mark Greenwold, Julie Heffernan, Damien Hirst, Per Huttner, KAWS, Tom LaDuke, Hung Liu, Jennifer Nehrbass, Gavin Nolan, Fahamu Pecou, Dane Picard, Frank Ryan, Peter Sudar, Terri Thomas, Holly Topping, Alexandra Wiesenfeld, Cindy Wright and Liat Yossifor

From TAM: “One of the basic primary forms of painting is the self-portrait. With a long and distinguished history the self-portrait has told us about people, their times and their attitudes. They tell us of scrutiny, of desire, of ego and of the passage of time too, but they can also seem like a whispered secret sometimes, that winks knowingly to us of shared knowledge and experiences and has the added frisson for us of knowing that this is the artist ‘talking’ directly to us through time and geography. A great self-portrait tells you something of the artist but of ourselves too.”

The Reflected Gaze
Torrance Art Museum
Saturday January 16th, 6-9pm

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Museums: ‘Reflected Gaze’ @ Torrance Art Museum


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The Torrance Art Museum is opening their 2010 with an exhibition of self-portraiture. Self-portraits have long been one of the basic primary forms of painting. With a long and distinguished history the self-portrait has told us about people, their times and their attitudes. They tell us of scrutiny, of desire, of ego and of the passage of time too, but they can also seem like a whispered secret sometimes, that winks knowingly to us of shared knowledge and experiences and has the added frisson for us of knowing that this is the artist ‘talking’ directly to us through time and geography. A great self-portrait tells you something of the artist but of ourselves too.

“The Reflected Gaze,” curated by Museum Director Max Presneill includes artists: Justin Bower, Chuck Close, Emily Counts, Ariel Erestingcol, Mark Greenwold, Julie Heffernan, Damien Hirst, Per Huttner, KAWS, Tom LaDuke, Hung Liu, Jennifer Nehrbass, Gavin Nolan, Fahamu Pecou, Dane Picard, Frank Ryan, Peter Sudar, Terri Thomas, Holly Topping, Alexandra Wiesenfeld, Cindy Wright, Liat Yossifor.

DD is keeping our eye on TAM as they have a strong and ambitious program lined up for 2010 and beyond.

The Reflected Gaze
Torrance Art Museum
3320 Civic Center Drive
Torrance, CA 90503
Opening: January 16th 6-9pm

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Museums: Torrance Art Museum


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The Torrance Art Museum has quietly launched and been building a very serious program of exhibitions. Recently TAM just closed a group exhibit titled ‘Zoom” and a solo show from NY based Jean-Pierre Roy. Zoom featured some exciting work from Andrew Schoultz, David Adey, Tony Maher, Nobuhityo Nishigawara and more. Schoultz had a very large piece and Adey impressed with both sculptural installation and collaged mixed media work.

Jean-Pierre Roy was also impressive with two massive paintings which featured unbelievably rendered worlds of futuristic detail. “Conjuring images from his imagination to create ‘internal landscapes’ ensures that Roy is constantly engaged with the discovery of the material relationships involved in world building and world destroying…”

Keep an eye on TAM as next year brings new work from KAWS, Damien Hirst, Chuck Close, Julie Heffernan and more.

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