Collaborative Exhibit “Awesome!” Opening at Hurley’s )( Space Gallery
Featuring Artists Martin Ontiveros, Skinner Davis, Justin Scrapper Morrison, and Brandon Bwana Spoons
Opening Tonight Saturday, June 11th, 2011
(Costa Mesa, CA – April 18, 2010) -COLOR, COLOR, COLOR! Hurley is joining forces with four celebrated artists from the Pacific Northwest – Skinner, Martin Ontiveros, Scrappers, and Bwana – to bring an explosion of color to Hurley’s )( Space Gallery via the “Awesome!” exhibit, opening June 11th, 2011 at 6:00pm.
For the first time ever, Hurley is bringing the talented quadruplet together, creating an exhibit that immerses the viewer in a world of neon colored beasts, fishermen, surfers, bats, turtles, bears, waves, wings, totems, walled cities, and one massive volcano. The exhibit will feature visually striking works as well as interactive elements such as a volcano-shaped skate ramp made created from recycled materials.
About The Artists:
Martin is a painter and a legend living in Portland, Oregon. Affectionately known as a Wizard in training, Rock n¹ Roll soldier, and an unrepentant metal-head; Martin has shown in galleries all over the world including Thrash Out in Japan, and Atticus in Barcelona.
Skinner is a self-taught artist from Sacramento, California who has meticulously crafted a balance of extraordinary mural work, mighty powerful wall to wall installations and a prolific commercial career. Influenced by 80’s pop culture, human struggle, myths and violence dungeons and dragons and the heavy metal gods, Skinner¹s mind is one full of mayhem fueled by a calculated chaos. His work has been shown all over the Universe at places like the Museum of Graphic Design in Breta, Netherlands, Japan, Illustrative Festival in Berlin, Germany, France and the states from LA to New York and in between. His most recent solo exhibit entitled “The Fear You May Know” reigned at the White Walls Gallery in San Francisco in the summer of 2010. Skinner¹s work has gotten acclaim in various publications including Blisss, Juxtapoz, Hi Fructose and Beautiful/Decay.
JUSTIN SCRAPPERS MORRISON
Justin is a shredder of life. He paints. He writes. He directs and motivates everyone around him to be more radical. Scrappers is the art director at the Portland Mercury, he has shown art all over the verse, Art Toys in Paris, Thrash Out in Japan, and every nook and cranny up and down the West Coast. ³WHAT IS CREATIVE? Skateboarding, surfing, making art, writing stories, cooking without a recipe, talking to strangers, playing music, and all kinds of instinctive problem solving that people do everyday.
BRANDON BWANA SPOONS
Bwana Spoons was raised in the woods. He likes moss and cactus and wild beasts of all manner. He has a hard time escaping the sunset sunrise colors-pink, orange, and yellow. Bwana has a hard time just focusing on one thing-making paintings or zines, art directing, curating shows, making things with piles of wood, designing toys, and recently Bwana was bitten by the textile bug. Designing for Converse, Dekline, MonsieurT, Bumbleride, Threadless Select, DC shoes, and now Hurley. Mr. Spoons has shown his art all over this planet- NYC, LA, SF, Paris, Tokyo, Barcelona, London. What is next is a cosmic mystery. You can visit him anytime at his Portland Headquarters- Grass Hut.
WHAT: “Awesome!” Exhibition at Hurley’s )( Space Gallery
WHEN: Saturday, June 11, 2011
6:00pm – 9:00pm
WHERE: Hurley’s )( SPACE Gallery,
1945 Placentia Avenue
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Founded in 1999, Hurley is an authentic “Microphone for Youth” brand rooted in surf, skate, art, music and beach cultures. Driven by creativity and freedom of expression, Hurley develops world-class products for guys, girls and kids, including sportswear, footwear, eyewear, accessories, loungewear, swimwear and wetsuits. A wholly owned, independently run subsidiary of Nike, Inc., Hurley’s corporate headquarters are located in Costa Mesa, CA, with international offices in Tokyo, Sydney, Barcelona and Bali. www.hurley.com