Park Studio, SMMoA’s annual spring break education program for high school
students, offers teenagers direct engagement with contemporary artists.
Skaters and Makers—an exhibition of modular sculptures inspired by skate
ramp architecture—is a product of the dynamic collaboration between architect
François Perrin, designer Gil Le Bon Delapointe, and craftsman Dante Cacace.
The skate cube in this exhibition is made of twenty-two hand built skate ramps
that can be separated, arranged, and rearranged into a variety of functional
and surprising configurations—from pop-up skate parks to modular lounges. In
its unfolded state it refers to the history of skateboarding and to aerodynamic
Participants: Brian Arangoa, Breanna Ayala, Juan Castillo, Austin Conrad,
Cynthia Cristobal, Esteban Hernandez, Gema Hernandez, Deantre Julian, Mark Marin, Julissa Mayorquin, Amayrani Mendoza, Sergio Puebla, Maurice Reneaux, Sundiata Reneaux, Rebecca Renteria, Jessica Sanchez, Nicolle Sanchez, Emily Singer, Lonnie Smith-Sanchez, Teya Thompson, Fortino Tirado, Jr., Ernesto Trejo, Cooper Weitz, Chloe Wong.
Park Studio: Skaters and Makers is organized by Asuka Hisa, Director of Education and Public Programs at SMMoA. Project advisors include legendary skateboarder Salman Agah; SMMoA Board President, Price Latimer Agah; and Pierre André Senizergues of Etnies. Video fi lmed and edited by Edmar (Bucky) Gonzales of Etnies.
Support for Park Studio has been generously provided by the Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, the Eileen Harris Norton Foundation, and the Barnwood Foundation. This program was made possible in part by a grant from the City of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Arts Commission. In-kind support was provided by Dr. Patricia Anawalt and Anawalt Lumber as well as Bergamot Café. Special thanks to Don Brown, Jameson DeCrew, Edmar Gonzalez, Patrick Webb, Pizzanista!, Virginia Avenue Park, the VAP Teen Center, the Knowhow Shop, and the Etnies Skate Team: James Espinoza, Trevor McClung, Mason Silva.
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