Glass Love: Contemporary Art and Surf
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.