As the presenter of San Diego Design Week, Mingei strengthens its mission by opening its doors (figuratively and literally) to our region’s design community, cultivating a space where one can both inspire and be inspired. Mingei International Museum provides an opportunity for its audiences to engage with craft, folk art and design through its collection and wide-ranging programming. Through its commitment to the community and a revitalized facility, Mingei sparks relevant and stimulating conversations that inspire visitors to imagine and express their own creativity.
Prisma: Crafting Guitars from Skateboards
What this is
Exhibitions are public displays of art and design curated by a local gallery, museum, or organization.
When & Where
- Sep 21: 10am-5pm
- Sep 22: 10am-8pm
- Sep 23: 10am-8pm
- Sep 24: 10am-5pm
- Sep 25: 10am-5pm
Mingei International Museum
1439 El Prado, San Diego CA 92102
Stop by Mingei International Museum to view an installation of handcrafted guitars by the local company, Prisma.
In 2014, San Diego native Nicholas Pourfard started Prisma Guitars, a company that repurposes old skateboards into electric guitars. Using ingenuity and curiosity, Pourfard discovered the seven-color-dyed hard rock maple veneers of skateboards make the perfect material for crafting guitars. Removing the skateboard’s grip tape reveals a colorful, unique pattern for a one-of-a-kind guitar. Paired with top-tier hardware, Prisma Guitars are functional artworks, each with a distinct design. Over the years, Pourfard and his team have built and sold hundreds of guitars, sharing their passion with people around the world.
In the center of this installation is a guitar that's a collaboration piece between Prisma Guitars and world-renowned artist James Marshall, known as “Dalek”. Best known for his Space Monkey character, Dalek hand-painted five Prisma Guitars as pieces of functional art. Each is an original collectible work of art. The guitar features a backplate with an engraving of Dalek’s famous space Monkey, Dalek’s signature, the authenticity of 1/1, and the guitar’s unique serial number.
The backdrop spotlighting these beautifully crafted guitars was hand-painted by local creative duo Grand Prestoz. You can find the work of Oscar Rios and David Mondragon, the friends behind Grand Prestoz, on the wall of restaurants, breweries, and shops in many San Diego neighborhoods such as North Park, Mission Hills, or Hillcrest.