June 15-17, 2002
7-Degrees Gallery Laguna Beach, Ca.

Every once in a while a community becomes aware of a missing element, an air of stagnicity prevails in this lack of unison and depth, starving progression. So… on Saturday, June 15th a group of 40 artists gathered, showing recent art along side a ten-year Volcom retrospect. For some, it was a chance to show deeply personal work in a forum previously unavailable, others an opportunity to display art with a group of peers long acquainted. Jamie Lynn, Mike Parillo, Jeff Anderson, Bryan Iguchi, Dan Peterka Jamie Heinrich, Matt Donahue, Chris Burkhart and Dave Seaone just to name a few, displayed original works with special guests such as Embry Rucker, Yogi Proctor, Shepard Fairey, and Mark Gonzales.

The event took place at seven degrees gallery in a serene summer-time atmosphere in the heart of Laguna Beach Ca. With wine glasses tipped to the sky and a diverse multitude of guest arriving at dusk, the stage was set. Over one hundred and fifty individual pieces of art were displayed, creating an eclectic assemblage of paintings’, sketches, sculpture, installations’, photography and performance art. The depth of the art seemed to raise outside eyebrows, confronting preconceptions of the content this community explores artistically. A feeling of re-connection was prominent as individual growth was plotted within the participants and volcom as a family.

The gallery also hosted a Volcom retrospect highlighting the artistic roots and depth of the company re-assuring the viewer to expect the unexpected. Early sketches for t-shirts dating to 1994 by Jaime Lynn, hung beside crude, ripped and stained “pink is punk” relics that defined an era. Photographs of the intricate models created by Mike Parillo and Wooly for “the Garden” reminded the viewer of early cinematic endeavors while the snow pictorial “Creedle Chronicles” charted a movement now catalyzed.

Overall, it was the happening one had to physically experience in order to feel the event’s true depth, and witness the creative output of individuals in a facet of snowboarding that reminds us why we drive long distances with friends, through harsh weather, just to play in the snow.