Art Shack

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Esteban Bojorquez creating his art shack for the exhibition © Courtesy of the Artist and Laguna Art Museum
Art Shack
Curated by: Greg Escalante

307 Cliff Drive
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
June 13th, 2010 - October 3rd, 2010
Opening: June 24th, 2010 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

orange county
Sun-Sat 11-5; First Thursdays of each month 11-9
shack, architecture, film, music


Shack up at Laguna Art Museum this summer!

Art Shack Summer Pass

Buy one day and get the rest of the summer for FREE!
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Opening Night Party

Join us for the Art Shack Opening Night Party Saturday, June 12, 2010. Enjoy a live DJ, photo booth, cash bar, and the opportunity to meet the participating artists!
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About Art Shack

Guest curated by Greg Escalante, Art Shack is a group exhibition in which artists such as Don Ed Hardy, Shag, Paul Frank, and Mike Shine combine art and architecture. Explore surf shacks, tattoo huts, retro shanties and more, and immerse yourself in 25 different worlds created by the artists.

Many shacks will be enterable, and some will include interactive components such as music and film. Don Ed Hardy’s
Tattoo Hut will feature an activated tattoo machine.

“In the last ten years we have noticed that many of the artists we have exhibited in the Museum’s popular culture shows have made some type of ‘shack’,” said Laguna Art Museum Director Bolton Colburn. “We’ve worked with Greg Escalante on many of the Museum’s pop culture exhibitions over the years and he brought forward the idea of gathering these art shacks together into a central exhibition that explicates the phenomenon.”

Abandoning the rules of the art market and pressure to create saleable work, art shacks allow the artists to create an experiential environment, narrowing the distinction between art and function, object and environment.

Though few of us have any direct experience with living in shacks, they are at least present in our collective memory through post-apocalyptic films like District 9 or childhood games like MASH (Mansion-Apartment-Shack-House) that predict your future life and placement in social class. Along the West Coast, we're quite familiar with surf shacks, date shacks, and Tiki-inspired shacks-romantic, boutique-like bungalows for the leisure visitor.

However, architecturally, a shack is the lowest form of construction, meant to serve the most basic or immediate needs. By definition, a shack is a place of disrepair made of the most humble scrap materials like plywood, corrugated metal, and plastic. According to the United Nations, more than one billion people (one-sixth of the world's population) live in slums-a settlement made of shacks.

In every sense of the word, a shack is temporal. It even implies to the more humorous, subversive, and misbehaved-to "shack up"-or abandon social norms and "shack up in the mountains."

Ultimately, the artists in this exhibition aim to defy the norms of rules set against them, questioning the modes of mass production, social restrictions, and perhaps global capitalism.

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