Wednesday, November 23, 2011

PRESS RELEASE: Board Art at Darkside in Stowe

Ghettogloss Presents: Epic-Original art of Dogtown and custom decks of iconic artists of our time

Fiora Boes owns a gallery in Los Angeles called Ghettogloss -- for the past decade a haven of local subculture that has been exhibiting artwork by some of the most beloved artists working today. While Ghettogloss is still running strong in Los Angeles, for a variety of reasons that will no doubt make a great movie someday, Fiora has been based in Stowe, Vermont lately. But as the saying goes, you can take the girl out of Ghettogloss, but you can never take Ghettogloss out of the girl.

Fiora's current project is curating an exhibition that opens December 10 and will be housed at Darkside, a snowboard/skateboard shop located in the heart of Stowe on Mountain Road. This show of original 1970's Dogtown art by Wes Humpston will include his own original drawings and hand drawn decks along with customized decks by a crew of iconic artists that are his friends, contemporaries, and colleagues. Wes Humpston is largely recognized as the first to put a graphic on a skateboard, at the dawn of Dogtown. Part of the proceeds from the show will go to local indie businesses that have been devastated by Hurricane Irene.

Opening Reception details: December 10, 2011
Cocktails will be poured from 6pm-11pm at Darkside, 2160 Mountain Road, Stowe, Vermont

The line up: Wes Humpston, Shepard Fairey, Ron English, Aiko (Faile), Tony Alva, Mark Mothersbaugh, Tommy Chong, Clive Barker, Allee Willis, Darren Le Gallo, Loic Zimmermann, Yarrow Earth Hock, Jon Todd, Brendan Grasso, Craig Grasso, Sue-Ling Hyde, and Kenton Parker

About the venue:
When I walked into Darkside, I felt compelled to tell the history of the icons that inspired its colorful merchandise. I decided to put together a line-up of artists that could visually seam together the past, present, and future of where merchandise graphics came from and where they are heading. I chose a simple canvas for all of the artists to customize that would make sense in the skate/ snowboard venue where they would be displayed -- a blank skate deck. All of the artists will be exhibiting a custom piece that will be for sale and on display for at least one month.

Images: Deck by AIKO, Deck by Kenton Parker