Announcement: Today is the first day of Another Sunrise in Outer Space.
Meanwhile back on Earth, an exhibition with the same title opens in virtual space, at www.asymbolgallery.com. Based in Jackson (right next door to Culture Front headquarters in fact), Asymbol is the go-to gallery for cutting edge skate-surf-snowboard art.
Two Jackson-based snowboarders/artists, Bryan Iguchi and Mike Parillo, will exhibit their work in the Another Sunrise in Outer Spacegroup show. If you happen to be in So. Cal. tonight, check out the opening tonight at T.F.R. Gallery in Leucadia.
As a non-snowboarder, art has been my first and best introduction to the snowboard subculture. I’ve been trying to put a finger on the genre, if you will, of snowboarder art (and by using “snowboard” I intend a sort of shorthand for skateboarding, surfing, extreme skiing, and snowboarding.) Psychedelic colors, abundance of symbology and political critique, magical interactions with nature, and alternative spirituality are the common and driving forces. Like Hip Hop, it’s a grassroots, DIY art movement/culture that eschews traditional forms and instead takes its cues from graffiti, street culture, advertising, and a dose of New Age imagery.
I checked in with Mike Parillo to find out what inspires him:
“That’s the fun part,” Mike said. “The inspiration is out there in the Universe just waiting for me to listen and find it.”
In addition to Another Sunrise, Mike is getting ready for a big solo show in the fall. “The only thing I know for sure is it will be first completely unified body of paintings,” he said.
For the series, he says he won’t be holding on to any one theme or ideal too tightly. “It’s all about getting that feeling and running with it once it comes.”
I told him that sounded very Zen, to which he replied, “It’s definitely my own form of meditation and self-realization. It just is what it is. Everyone’s process is different. I like mine though.”