The title “Skate Fails” evokes a series of aborted tricks and falls, but in the hands of ceramist Xavier Mañosa and Alex Trochut for Mañosa’s brand Appartau, it’s the skateboard itself that fails. Made for the San Francisco based company FTC, these ceramic pieces are ingenious riffs on skateboarding’s perils, from the accordion of an abrupt stop to the shattered pieces of a too rough ride. Even in this deconstructed form, the boards are recognizable thanks in part to the inclusion of skate trucks. Mañosa said:
“The idea comes from the attempt to translate the skateboard to Dali’s liquid clocks. Alex and I started experimenting with different kinds of liquids, like honey or acrylic paint, observing how it dripped and flowed. We applied these exercises to the ceramic skateboard, melting it and seeing how it burned and wrinkled. The outcome was the collection of melted boards.” (Source)
It’s a clever idea executed beautifully, in clear, bright colors, glossy metallics, and nebulous form. The curiously lovely distorted and broken forms serve also as grim reminder of the skateboard riders’ reality, where a stray rock or crack can mean a hospitalization or worse.
“Ceramics are fragile and if they fall they break; something very important in my work,” Mañosa said. “I don’t create indestructible things.” (Source)
Not indestructible, but bright, interesting, and utterly cool.
Brooklyn-based artist Matt Reilly of Japanther skateboards on a canvas-covered mini ramp in order to create loosely colored paintings. With just a handful of simple tools: a skateboard, some paint-dipped sponges and a plain canvas, Reilly was able to create his abstract-looking artworks by skating back-and-forth over the sheet.
The setting for the “Wall Ride” was installed at the Mana Contemporary in Jersey City. A white canvas was tacked to the surface of a half-pipe. Using saturated sponges attached to the wheels, Reilly colored the white sheet in vibrant shades of blue, red and brown. After finishing one artwork, the canvas would be replaced and the process would start all over again.
Distinct in texture and color, Reilly’s works have been titled to resemble Jackson Pollock’s and Aaron Young’s abstract art. Apart from the end result, artist’s live performance is titled to be a big part of the whole experience. Watching the mesmerizing process of an artwork unfolding puts the viewer into a creative catharsis. Reilly’s “skate-paintings” can be purchased on Artsy platform. (via designboom)
Guatemalen artist Dario Escobar creates powerful installations and sculptures out of all sorts of sports related materials but his series of deconstructed skateboards pulls at my rebellious teen heartstrings. Whether it’s the oldschool board with the classic Mercedes logo or the engraved polished silver deck these works make me want to pull out my board out of the closet and shred through the nearest art gallery. (via collabcubed)
Miya Ando is a metal-finishing artist who creates layered finishes on steel with a process she invented, utilizing fire, acid and automotive lacquer. Can you say badass? She will be showing large-scale steel works for the first time, the show is entitled Shinobu [perserverance] on October 7 at de Castellane Gallery. Her show will be comprised of large scale steel wall works and her series of hot-rolled steel skateboards, monotypes created by skateboarding on liquid graphite-coated paper. Saying this chick is hardcore would be an understatement.
Miya Ando Solos Exhibition Shinobu [perserverance] will be presented from October 7th – 29th, 2010. Opening October 7th, 2010, 6-9pm. Free to public. The de Castellane Gallery is located at 525 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, New York. Sponsored by Milgo Bufkin Steel/Fabrication, Diatom Winery, Element.
In his portfolio, describing the above piece,’max’ explains, “My heroes are the heroes of socialism, Marx and Engels. And, as all heroes, they are there to protect us from chaos. And, as all heroes do, they fail.”
Illustrator, graphic designer, artist, Max-O-Matic, from Barcelona, seems to take his work as seriously as honest, heartfelt parody. You’re sure to find a little cynicism and humor in his mixed media projects, wherever they may be viewed, in editorials, on skateboards, or in sculpture. check out how he uses illustration and collage…