Mike Shine's Art Shack Moves Indoors for "Inside/Outside: Artist Environments"

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, 25 Mar 2009

The Museum of Craft and Folk Art's freshest exhibition to date features the infamous surf art shack of Mike Shine. Shine's installation is part of Inside/Outside: Artist Environments, where he literally rebuilt an old-school surf house inside of the museum.

"It was great," Shine told us. "I still can’t believe we got all that done in 2 1/2 weeks. It pays to have friends (and sons) with skills. I’ll be forever in debt to them."

The exhibition is the recreation of one artist environment: Shine’s Art Shack. Combining elements from surf/skate culture, along with the low-fi era of the 60s, the original shack in Bolinas, California is not only a handmade, customized environment, but also a site of community activities.

Recreating the shack in the Museum site offers visitors the opportunity to engage with the work, thereby expanding the community and challenging the greater notions of what really belongs inside and outside.

This installation is particularly enjoyable because it invites visitors inside the shack to browse Shine’s reference library, to sit and read, to work on a zine, or to look more closely at the found and painted materials that make up the seaside, carnival-like shack: from upside skateboard decks functioning as shelves to painted driftwood.

Overall, the effect is thoroughly engaging. We highly recommend checking out Mike Shine’s Art Shack, up now through May 24th, 2009 at The Museum of Craft and Folk Art. If San Francisco is a bit out of your reach, take a virtual tour of the structure and opening festivities here:
















Photos by: Tomo Saito, Chris Heltai, Sean Cope


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