French architect Francois Perrin, trend-setting designer Gil Le Bon Delapointe, and superior craftsman Dante Cacace work with local high school students to explore local and international skateboarding culture for Park Studio: Skaters and Makers—an intensive Spring break program at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. The resulting exhibition features original student drawing concepts of skate ramps and a modular ramp/sculpture designed to break into 21 blocks and reassemble as a cube. The rich history of skateboarding in Santa Monica and Venice—the Z-Boys were famously immortalized in the 2001 Stacy Peralta documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys—makes SMMoA the ideal setting for this work.
Now in its fourteenth year, Park Studio is an innovative interdisciplinary program that brings local students and contemporary artists together to explore themes of art and urban life. High school participant artists are aged 14-19 years old and attend school in the immediate area. SMMoA works to serve the demographically diverse residential area of Santa Monica. Recruitment is conducted at Virginia Avenue Park’s Teen Center, Santa Monica High School, Olympic High School, the Pico Youth and Family Center (PYFC), and the Police Activities League (PAL).
Park Studio: Skaters and Makers is organized by Asuka Hisa, SMMoA Director of Education and Public Programs. Renowned skateboarder Salman Agah, his wife Price Latimer Agah, SMMoA’s Board President and a private art dealer and consultant, and Pierre Andre Senizergues of Etnies are advisors for Park Studio: Skaters and Makers.
This program is made possible, in part, by the City of Santa Monica Community Grants Program and the Santa Monica Arts Commission, and the Eileen Harris Foundation, and the Barnwood Foundation. In-kind support from the Teen Center at Virginia Avenue Park, Dr. Patricia Anawalt and Anawalt Lumber, Bergamot Café, and Pierre Andre Senizergues.
About the Artists
Gil Le Bon Delapointe is a designer based in Dana Point, California. He has worked as a designer for Etnies for more than twenty years. His projects for the company include the furniture line Skate Study House and the PAS House, a residence in which every surface can be skated. He was one of the first sponsored skateboarders from France.
Francois Perrin is an architect based in Los Angeles, California. He has designed several residences in the city and the PAS House in Malibu. He is the author of Air Architecture, and the related exhibition traveled to Los Angeles, New York, and Vienna. His work has been featured in the New York and Los Angeles Times, Sunset, Dwell, and Wallpaper magazines.
Le Bon Delapointe and Perrin collaborated on the PAS House in Malibu, a residence in which every surface can be skated.