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Opening night for the California Locos 2016, an epic original street/surf/skate artists show, took place in Venice Beach, California, on June 25, 2016, at Juice Magazine HQ and at the Rose Room. The California Locos 2016 show featured a variety of art discussions and mentoring panels featuring Christian Hosoi, Ivan Hosoi, Larry Bell, Oliver Bell, Jeff Ho, Jim Ganzer, Brad Howe and Michael de Nicola, moderated by acclaimed art writer, Shana Nys Dambrot.
The CALIFORNIA LOCOS—five pioneering Los Angeles artists whose roots are in graffiti, surf, skate, punk rock, as well as the contemporary artworld—bring their edgy, sun-soaked styles to an even larger audience with new works for a pair of week-long bicoastal summer shows, while launching the CALIFORNIA LOCOS skateboards by DUSTERS CALIFORNIA, led by creative director Nano Nobrega and premiering highlights from the documentary Crazy World Ain’t It—The Life and Times of John Van Hamersveld. In addition, the release of a new collaborative poster designed by John Van Hamersveld and Dave Tourjé.
Art critic, Shana Nys Dambrot, writes about the CALIFORNIA LOCOS in the Huffington Post “What they did changed everything — but what they are doing now is the best work of their lives.”
Former curator of the contemporary collection of the Norton Simon Museum, Michelle Deziel, describes the CALIFORNIA LOCOS, “These native Angelenos grew up independently in all corners of this expansive city immersed in the myriad of colorful and intense L.A. subcultures—gangs, hot rod, surf, graffiti, skate, funk, punk and rock. Rather than suggesting a cohesive or coinable L.A. aesthetic, California Locos presents a collision of visions—a kaleidoscopic perspective of the urban art experience as seen and interpreted by L.A. insiders through highly individualized and expertly crafted works of art.”