West Hollywood’s New Image Art Gallery will present group exhibition Pave, a joint curation project between Jeffrey Cheung, Gabriel Ramirez and Mariel Eplboim exploring queerness and skateboarding, rife with political commentary. The exhibition comprises more than 35 artists of diverse races and sexualities, and features paintings, sculptures, drawings, and a collaborative installation.
Pave was inspired by a June 2016 New York Times article that exposed the historical pervasiveness of homophobia in male-dominated institutions such as skateboarding culture. Thanks to professional skateboarder Brian Anderson, who came out as gay, and Unity Skateboarding, a project founded by Cheung that empowers LGBTQ skateboarders, the culture has recently shifted.
Skate and press collectives like Unity Skateboarding see themselves as vital to change as repression of homosexuality deepens. The exhibition reimagines toxic masculinity in skate culture through various media and attempts not only to challenge a new frontier in skateboarding art, but to spur a movement about widespread acceptance of the LGBTQ community.
An opening reception for Pave: Queer Group Skate Show will take place Saturday, November 3 from 7 to 10 p.m.
Pave: Queer Group Skate Show
November 3 – December 22, 2018
7920 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046