Marc Yoakum pairs a pinhole camera, left, with a photo taken through it.

Works memorialize
surf communities

The art of the wave
Waikiki's beach boys find home at Duke's

By Tim Ryan

"Blue vs. Blue: Surfing in Art," a contemporary exhibition honoring the evolving art and surfing communities of Hawaii and California, opens tomorrow at the ARTS at Marks Garage.

Combining painting, drawing, print, photography, sculpture, multimedia, sound, video and design, "Blue vs. Blue" is an eclectic mix of works by established and emerging artists from the two states.

'Blue vs. Blue: Surfing in Art'

On view: Tomorrow through Feb. 22
Place: ARTS at Marks Garage, 1159 Nuuanu Ave.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays
Special event: A tropical surf and art bash, 7 p.m. Friday
Admission: Free

The contemporary artists and surfboard shapers presented in this show reveal in their work an artistic aesthetic emerging out of, or inspired by, world surfing culture.

"Blue vs. Blue" is an exciting and humorous display that examines California's surf culture. Surfboards standing alongside paintings and photographs reflect the many aspects of this culture.

Hawaii artists represented in the show are Anon., Yesenia Barreto, Mark Chai, Jeannie Chesser, Jeff Giacobetti, Bill Osgood, Saint Marko, Jason Ventura and Marc Yoakum.

The Bay area and Los Angeles artists are David Anderson, Leo Bersamina, Gomez Bueno, Mark Dillinger, Christopher Garrett, Jennifer Hing, Sally Lundberg, Barry McGee, Elizabeth Pepin, Jeff Petersen, Aleks Petrovitch and Keith Tallett.

In-gallery video productions also form part of the display.

The show evolved from an exhibition at Farley's Cafe in San Francisco in May 1997. A year later, the exhibit became "SwitchStance," a surf, skate and art exhibition at the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery. It re-emerged under its original name, "Surf Trip," in May 2000 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

The show was assembled by Honolulu- and San Francisco-based curator Bob Carrillo.

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