Hydrodynamica: Remember the Future

Loft 9 Gallery/The Hydrodynamica Project will be presenting Hydrodynamica: Remember the Future from mid-January to February 2012 in collaboration with Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA 1945-1980.

Hydrodynamica: Remember the Future will explore the hydrodynamic planing hull surfboards of Bob Simmons, as well as work by Carl Ekstrom. Simmons’ board design and early use of composite construction processes in board building from 1949-1954 parallels California’s post-war modern design movement and was profoundly influential on the birth of modern surfing and skateboarding.

Carl Ekstrom grew up at Windansea during Simmons’ day and is one of the first surfer/skateboarders of all time. He developed asymmetric surfboards in La Jolla in 1964, which helped inspire an explosion of revolutionary surfboard design in San Diego that culminated with the designs of Steve Lis in the late 1960s.

Once overlooked and marginalized, these design school are currently experiencing a worldwide renaissance that is changing surfers perspectives on the past and changing the way people ride waves today. The exhibition will feature original Simmons planing hulls and other objects he made, including boomerangs he used to experiment with rail foils. Boards from Ekstrom, Lis, and Mirandon will also be exhibited, along with photographs and short film clips.

For more information about The Hydrodynamica Project, please visit http://hydrodynamica.com.

Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980 is the largest collaborative art project ever undertaken in Southern California, initiated by the Getty Foundation. Pacific Standard Time is a collaboration of more than sixty cultural institutions across Southern California, coming together for six months beginning in October 2011 to tell the story of the birth of the Los Angeles art scene and how it became a major new force in the art world. Each institution will make its own contribution to this grand-scale story of artistic innovation and social change, told through a multitude of simultaneous exhibitions and programs. Exploring and celebrating the significance of the crucial post-World War II years through the tumultuous period of the 1960s and 70s, Pacific Standard Time encompasses developments from L.A. Pop to post-minimalism; from modernist architecture and design to multi-media installations; from the films of the African American L.A. Rebellion to the feminist activities of the Woman’s Building; from ceramics to Chicano performance art; and from Japanese American design to the pioneering work of artists’ collectives.

Initiated through $10 million in grants from the Getty Foundation, Pacific Standard Time involves cultural institutions of every size and character across Southern California, from Greater Los Angeles to San Diego and Santa Barbara to Palm Springs. Visit http://www.pacificstandardtime.org for more information about Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980.

For more information, contact:

Loft 9 Gallery
340 16th Street, #9
San Diego, CA 92101
E-mail: rk@hydrodynamica.com; mb@hydrodynamica.com
Website: http://hydrodynamica.com
Blog: loft9gallery.wordpress.com

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