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Torquato “In Waves” at FAB Studio

March 7, 2013 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Artist Michael Torquato deNicola explores the intersection of surfing and art in the heart of Dogtown USA at FAB Studio, in association with DTC and Streetcraft LA.  Explains Torquato:

By now, most people are aware of ‘Dogtown’  and know of it’s influences through the surf and skate cultures by way of numerous images, articles and films such as Stacy Peralta’s Dogtown and Z-Boys and the Lords of Dogtown, etc. About a year ago I was commissioned to create a mural for DTC or Dogtown Coffee with is located on the corner of Main and Bay in the historical Zepher shop. My choice for the project was to go back in time and make a collage of 1970’s images which influenced the local kids who took their surfing onto the streets and pools of the area and pushed the levels of performance for which Dogtown has become renown for.  This mural is located at the heart of the show.

As a surfer and an artist, much like the original kids of Dogtown, I too draw my inspiration from the ocean and more specifically, waves.  However, I am of a different era. I have been fortunate to travel much of the world to explore waves and the communities which surround them. These experiences and daily observations are what resonate through the artwork which is featured at FABstudio…

I paint the boards I ride and think of myself as tagging the waves each time I surf. I’ve  worked on projects featuring remarkable surfers and their influences throughout the surf communities. At Streetcraft LA, surfboards, sculptures and images from projects such as the Red Bull 5X and the documentary film The Westsiders will be on display.

The show’s opening reception on March 7 will feature a performance by world renown pianist Jason Pelsey.


March 7, 2013
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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