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Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum

Exhibition Detail
Glass Love: Contemporary Art and Surf
Curated by: Miki Garcia
653 Paseo Nuevo
Paseo Nuevo Mall Upper Arts Terrace
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

November 17th, 2007 - January 13th, 2008
November 17th, 2007 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wax and Wane, Cassandra C. JonesCassandra C. Jones, Wax and Wane,
2008, Animation made from found photographs of the wax and wane of the moon., dimentions variable
© Cassandra C. Jones
Surfers #1, Amy BirdAmy Bird, Surfers #1,
2005, Oil on canvas, Oil on canvas, 36 x 18 in.
© Amy Bird
Tidal Bore, Chris BallantyneChris Ballantyne, Tidal Bore,
2006, Acrylic on paper, 16x12 in.
© Chris Ballantyne
 Rich, Ditch Plains, Joni SternbachJoni Sternbach, Rich, Ditch Plains,
2004, Tin Type, 8x10 in.
© Joni Sternbach
Untitled #8, Catherine OpieCatherine Opie, Untitled #8,
2003, C-print, edition of 5, 51 1/4 x 41 1/8
© Catherine Opie
 Chanel Surfboard,, Libby BlackLibby Black, Chanel Surfboard,,
2004, Paper, hot glue, acrylic, 25 1/2 x 10 x 9 1/2 inches
© Libby Black
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No longer relegated to a few beach communities, surf culture has captivated international audiences, producing a significant body of scholarship and documentation about the sport, its history and genesis, and the philosophies of its participants. Glass Love: Contemporary Art and Surf considers the attention turned to surfing by a new generation of contemporary visual artists. Just as clean, glassy waves allow surfers the perfect conditions to develop their own stylistic nuances, Glass Love takes a moment to consider how contemporary artists are utilizing surf imagery and its metaphors to develop their own stylistic impulses. Artists in this exhibition—Chris Ballantyne, Amy Bird, Libby Black, Brian Calvin, Cassandra C. Jones, Catherine Opie, Aaron Parazette, Bruno Peinado, and Joni Sternbach—reference the sustained relationship of surfing and art to explore themes of individuality, mediation and Zen philosophy, and contemporary culture.

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