In the track of the season’s first winter storm to sweep through California, a sizable dump of snowboard art fell on San Francisco Thursday night October 12, 2000, marking the gallery opening of “Powder — Snowboarding art, design, culture.” (Click here for overview Quicktime video)
Hosted by Juice (a creative firm partially staffed by former JDK employees) in their aired-out studio high atop an unassuming three-story rise lodged in the Soma District, its overriding theme — inspiration and experience — was dedicated to the memory of the late Jamil Khan.
Once the hors d’oeuvres and free booze were gone, there was nothing left to do but ingest a heaping helping of “art” which included film, boards, published and unpublished prints, collages, paintings and drawings. It was by no means an all-inclusive display of snowboard art talent, however, solid collection of random sampling. Creatives in attendance with work on exhibit included Dean “Blotto” Gray, Tina Basich, Bryan Iguchi, Jared Eberhardt, Ari Marcopoulos, Bryce Kanights, Dave Seoane and Justin Hostynek. Others artists like Dawn Kish, Trevor Graves, Jeff Curtes, Dale Rehberg, Thomas Campbell, Jamie Lynn, Shannon Dunn and Andy Jenkins were MIA, but still had pieces up for display. And though not by all intentions, the feel was distinctly Burton.
Many of the images selected were current having been captured over the last few seasons; action stills blended with lifestyle frames. Clearly, photo-wise it was lacking historical representation. Trevor Graves and Jeff Curtes, disappointingly, chose not to excavate from their stockpile of photos, nevertheless still offered up solid personal representations. Trevor work included an amazing headshot of Ami Voutilainen cast in a golden light emerging from what appeared to be mud. The only shooter to really come through with vintage goods was Justin Hostynek with choice and timeless pics of Tarquinn Robbins (in full ballerina drag), Gilligan Yoder, Nathan Yant and Jackass Dave England.
Stand out work included Ari Marcopoulos’ candid portrait (surprise) of a young Scanner beaten by defeat, a swelling purple left eye thanks to an impacted landing at the Arctic Challenge. Blotto’s sketchbook provided a stimulating, well-documented hands-on visual account of his frequent flying treks. Bryce Kanights’offered up a fuller-sized B & W print of Dave Sypniewski and Temple Cummins road weary and ragged as recently seen in TRANSWORLD. (Click here for Quicktime video of Bryce discussing his Dollar Sign piece) And Dave Seoane incorporated his skill for film with his efforts in sculpture to provide working art, one to show another.
Overall the friends-of-the-band type crowd stomached this raw appetizer well, as it was just enough to not leave one bloated and gassy, with few surely ready for seconds.