The grit of SoCal beach culture: Britt Ehringer

“..in this show I thought he found a true wildness, a connection between punk and surfing, that was raw, edgy, and beautiful, both in composition and material.”

A show at a new (or semi-new) Ojai gallery introduced me to an artist named Britt Ehringer, who appears to have something to say about Southern California's beach culture. In this show (if not all his others) I thought he found a true wildness, a connection between punk and surfing, that was raw, edgy, and beautiful, both in composition and material.

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"Southern California has a way of lulling people to sleep with the always sunny, euphoric beach mentality, but under the smoggy haze is a very different reality," Ehringer said (in a release). "There's a grit to Southern California that is a direct contrast to the almost transparent and light-hearted beach culture and the two contrasts make a very interesting artistic dichotomy."

Reminiscent of "surf noir," its "dark lord" Kem Nunn, and his classic Tapping the Source.   

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