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Back in 1998 I started working at the Contemporary Arts Forum. The first show I worked on was called “Skate Lore Expo: California Skate(board)ing Index to Concepts, Forms, Life.” It was ahead of its time, including now well-known artists Barry McGee, Margaret Kilgallen, and Shepard Fairey. The show included decks from Real, Dogtown, and, of course, Powell-Peralta. As you might imagine it was a hit with the local skaters of all ages – I still remember one guy saying “You put my whole life on the wall.” and the kids who came by long after the show closed telling their friends about the cool stuff they saw.
One of the artists in the show, C.R. (Craig) Stecyk III, was also at last night’s screening of Bones Brigade: An Autobiography. It was so cool to see him there on the red carpet. I was surprised that his name wasn’t included on the list of ‘talent’ handed out by the press office – because if you’re an art geek like me, Craig Steyck is just as big a name as the Bones Brigade members. (and as the production designer etc of Dogtown and Z-boys not unknown in film) He's an amazing artist who just happened to have a huge impact not only on surfing and skateboarding but on the art world too.
A founder of Zephyr Surf Shop, the creator of the Dogtown moniker, and the co-curator of "Kustom Kulture: Von Dutch, Ed (Big Daddy) Roth, Robert Williams and Others” at the Laguna Art Museum in 1993 Stecyk, was a major force behind recognizing low-brow culture in galleries and museums. Taking off at the same time that Aaron Rose’s Alleged Gallery was happening in New York, small shows of street, skate, and surf artists started popping up in West Coast venues from Laguna to San Francisco. I can’t even begin to chronicle all of the shows, films, images…. But next time you go to a major museum show like MOCA’s “Art in the Streets” take a closer look at the original dudes who made it possible for the rest. Below is a tiny look at Craig’s work:
C.R. Steyck on IMDb
Photo by Glen Friedman