Art Shack: Opening Night at the Laguna Art Museum

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Martin Witfooth

On Saturday night the doors flung open and crowds rushed in for the opening of Art Shack, an interactive group exhibition in Laguna Beach that brought the South County art eccentrics out in droves. Curated by the legendary Greg Escalante, Art Shack is an ingenious combination of art, architecture, pop-culture and downright whimsy. Featured artists include Mike Shine, Don Ed Hardy, Shag, Liz McGrath, Jason Maloney and many others- each with their own unique spin on the theme. Laurie Hassoldwas on hand to dissect her piece, “Reading the Bones” and the R. BiggsCommemorative Privy evoked many sheepish grins from people passing by. Jeff Gillette’s incredibly detailed mixed-media “Slum” was another highlight, along with Martin Wittfooth’s clever hunting shack on the bottom floor.

An hour into the opening, the museum felt nearly packed to capacity, with swarms of people peering, peeking, pushing, relaxing, imbibing and exclaiming at one shack after the next. Outside, a line of hungry patrons had formed for the taco truck parked at the curb while right next to it people filed in and out of Kenny Scharf’s psychedelic 1973 Pace Arrow motor home looking suspiciously blissful. A more enjoyable art show may be hard to find.

Art Shack is open now through October 3.

Jeff Gillette – Slum

Kenny Scharf – Space Arrow

Kenny Scharf – Space Arrow interior

Kenny Scharf – Space Arrow interior

Liz McGrath – The Folly of Saint Hubertus

Esteban Bojorquez – Shelter Shock

Mike Shine’s – Shine Shack

Mike Shine – Shine Shack detail

Laurie Hassold and Mark Ryden – Reading the Bones

Laurie Hassold – Reading the Bones detail

Travis Somerville – 1963

Travis Somerville – Great American Let Down

Greg Gibbs – The R.Biggs Institutional Restoration Foundation

Greg Gibbs – The R.Biggs Institutional Restoration Foundation detail

Greg Gibbs – The R.Biggs Institutional Restoration Foundation detail

Clayton Brothers – Clever to a Fault

Clayton Brothers – Clever to a Fault detail

Jason Maloney – Amber Alert

group shot

All photos courtesy of Steve Yennie

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