Modart, the organization that produces exhibits featuring work by prominent skate, snow, and surf artists, has announced that it will participate in Boarding for Breast Cancer 2001, the annual snowboard-charity event that raises money for breast-cancer research and awareness.

For the past year ModArt has attempted to create a unique perspective on the battle against breast cancer, one that highlights the defeatable nature of its ugly presenceby showcasing the beauty and strength within the female form. To that end, ModArt has been commissioning breastmolds created on women of all shapes, and then customized by artists of all types. The breastmolds are physical representations of what ModArt considers a simple truth: while breast cancer attacks all women without prejudice, it is also the powerful individual present in all women that will conquer it.

This year, two events will precede the final ModArt auction at Boarding for Breast Cancer’s huge snowboard and music festival on April 14 at Lake Tahoe, California. The plaster-of-Paris breastmolds, each shaped on one of hundreds of volunteers and then painted by various well-known artists who shape the visual environment of the action-sports scene (including Ed Templeton, Andy Jenkins, Shepard Fairey, Tina Basich, Lance Mountain,Futura, Andy Howell and Rich Jacobs) will be displayed at bicoastal openings.

From February 28 to March 18 the breastmolds will be on display at the Inhumane Shop, 195 Mulberry St, New York, New York 10012. Opening night (7-10 p.m.) will feature DJs Jaclyn D, Gordon French, and Seph from F.S.R.

From March 23 to April 11 the exhibit will be on display at Red Five, 1472 Haight St, San Francisco, California 94117. DJ Satva Leung will handle opening night duties, also from 7-10 p.m.

“The unmatched artistic and creative intensity present in the action-sports scene is proof enough of the power of individuals acting as a group,” says a ModArt statement. “We’ve simply combined the elements in the fight against a new foe.”

For more information, check out modart.com. Or e-mail: shaneyjo@modart.com (New York), or mona@modart.com (San Francisco).

Online bidding will take place at modart.com.

Boarding For Breast Cancer (BBC) is a non-profit, youth-focused awareness and fundraising foundation. Its mission is to increase breast cancer awareness among today’s youth, and to raise funds for research and educational programs through events, sports, music, and art. For more information on Boarding For Breast Cancer, check out b4bc.com.