Monday, June 30, 2014

Surf Craft At The Mingei Museum San Diego

And in the absolutely essential category- Richard Kenvin has curated a new show for the Mingei Museum in San Diego which is currently open. It features a selection of aquatic planing craft that you just will not find anywhere else. It's far more than just a historic collection, there's a very definite and carefully thought out design thread followed here, and you really owe it to yourself to go see it if you are anywhere within reach. Make a day of it, look at the boards then get in the water all inspired. 
Here's the official museum blurb:
People have made surfboards for centuries. Standing alone, these boards are often striking examples of functional design. Together, they tell a compelling story about the evolution of an important American art form. Traditional craft, cutting-edge engineering and minimalist art converge in the Museum’s new exhibition devoted to surfboards built from the late 1940s to the present day.
SURF CRAFT – Design and the Culture of Board Riding opens on the first day of summer, June 21, 2014. SURF CRAFT will be a unique surfboard exhibition exploring board design from a previously unexamined perspective: in the context of Soetsu Yanagi’s mingei philosophy of the importance of craft. Through this lens, the exhibition will capture the influences behind American design in board riding, from the alaia boards of ancient Hawaii, to obscure surf bathing boards of England, Japan and Africa, to post-war hydrodynamic planing hulls of Southern California. Innovative board-shapers and surfers of the past and present will be highlighted, including legendary surfer Bob Simmons, who died at Windansea in La Jolla in 1954, and renowned San Diegan Carl Ekstrom.
Guest curator and surf historian Richard Kenvin will author the 176-page hardcover book of the same title – which will be co-published by Marquand Books and MIT Press and will include 150 historic and contemporary photographs.

More on the book soon too, and the Mingei is at 1439 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101 and open Tuesday through Sunday. As much as I enjoyed my recent jaunt to foreign soil, it meant I missed a few excellent cultural events involving dance, music and art, including the opening of this which was disappointing. Don't miss out yourself....

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Wheels & Waves 4

It'll be back to surfboard pictures with a vengeance soon I promise, meanwhile it's still all about Pays Basque.....

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Wheels & Waves 2

We made it to Biarittz, Stevie Gee made it to Biarittz, we have an exhibit set up and tomorrow we get in the water hopefully....

Friday, June 06, 2014

Wheels & Waves 1

London. Sunshine, history, diversity, action, Tate Modern soviet poster collection & great coffee. The board is a teaser- shaped by Kidman it turned up at my place hours before I left. Something to look forward too when I get back....

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Away I go...

Off to Wheels & Waves, updates as internet access allows....