There is a dark side to Southern California, the shadows of the orange groves, the gray sinuous freeways, even the sunniest of sandy shores hold secrets. “Dark Beach,“ opening June 27 at New Image Art Gallery, presents a group show curated by Innocnts full of the themes, individuals, and emotions that exude grittier qualities of aesthetic within the scope of contemporary surf art, contrasting the beauty and the reality of riding waves in modern society and exploring the stark differences between the ocean and the urban. Innocnts founder Sean Tully discusses Dark Beach with CARTWHEEL here.
“Dark Beach” brings together works that help contextualize and contribute to the ongoing definition of “surf art,” organized around an interdisciplinary group of individuals who despite differences in age and upbringing all offer a larger understanding of contemporary surf art.
Contributing artists include Kevin Ancell, Russell Crotty, Will Adler, Nicole Dodson, Vince Felix, Brenden Grace, Shawn Stussy, Cesar Ancelle Hansen, Bella Serrell, Jordan Minardi, Thom Pringle, Kassia Meador, Sean Tully, Tom Adler, David Carson, Susanne Melanie Berry, Jeff Ho, Devin Dailey, Demi Boelsterli, Gothic Dolphins, Alexis Amann, Kyle Albers, Ratty Matty, Thibaut Paruite, Ben Brough, Evan Mendel, Greyson Fletcher, Dion Agius, and Craig Stecyk.