HI Sk8 Art Show

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    Illustration: Sam Guerrero

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    Photo courtesy John Oliveira

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July 01, 2016 - July 12, 2016
Honolulu Museum of Art School

Exhibition Overview

Opening reception: July 1, 5pm
See the radical array of mixed-media works and enjoy pizza and beer on the balcony. Feel free to bring your board—obstacles will be set up for use on sidewalks around the Art School roundabout.

Part of programming related to HI Sk8 Films 2016

Since the invention of skateboarding in the early 1950s, the pastime has produced two dominant trends in public perception. First, it was seen as wild, counterculture, and vandalistic. This was largely the result of the gradual shift toward street skating, which damages features of the built environment, and often harms its participants (creating occasional liability issues for property owners). In time, as some skaters reacted to that early stigmatization, they pushed for a new perception of skating as a positive creative outlet for youth. Their success led to a nationwide boom in skatepark construction, and the establishment of skating as a televised, mainstream activity, recently approved for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

But what if skateboarding is more nuanced than these competing narratives? What if the skaters’ blatant and blissful disregard for law and order, as enforced by signs and security guards, is viewed as a community’s creative attempt at resisting the privatization and prescribed commercial uses of urban space? And what if the pro-skatepark movement is seen as another feature of Anthropocene man’s penchant for pouring concrete, a leading contributor of CO2 to the atmosphere—for parks that actually limit the self-expression of youths who are expected to utilize a small, sanctioned area?

What if all of these narratives and more exist at once?

Which do skaters in Hawai‘i subscribe to?

Decidedly open in its format, and welcoming of all types of two- and three-dimensional media, the first HI Sk8 Art Show is filled with creations through which local skaters and their allies define themselves and their roles in the island-wide city and county of Honolulu.