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Wednesday, June 29, 2011


Skateboard art at the Public Domaine

The Skatable House from Etnies
Is there art beyond skateboarding? After all, it’s just a wooden board with wheels ... Not much. It used to be an underground culture practiced by rebels but now it’s as mainstream as soccer… Except that we all know that skateboarding is not a sport, unlike soccer. It’s a way of life, a culture, an art, a political expression (mixing genres, breaking down barriers, that's politics), studied by researchers, sociologist, anthropologists, marketing specialists (trying to sell more credit cards) and that is why skateboarding seems to have its place in a Museum like La Gaîté Lyrique, where laymen consider the links between performance and art.
To be able to skate is also redefining urban architecture. Zarka, in the documentary "Skateboard Stories" goes further. For the visual artist, skateboarding offers a different perception of the sculpture and form. Usually, a work of art is judged by the taste ("I" or "I do not like") or the interest that he is ("It interests me" or "it does not interest me not "). Skaters add a mechanical ruling, a ruling by the experience, a kind of intuitive understanding of what modern
Notice that it's an Abec 5, a thing of the past. Would have it be Abec 7,
it would'nt have be at the Museum...
architectural structure, become social sculpture. In this regard, some like Marseille skatepark attracts practitioners from around the world, that of Brussels, for example, has become an absolute must when visiting the city's tourism.

Riding on the use of street furniture, La Gaîté Lyrique offers the first skatable house. Better than the street, better than the ramp, even better than the Combi at Vans. Skating home is an allegory were the skateboard, never to be forgotten infiltrated the most intimacy.

That’s in the hands of Pierre-André Senizergues, owner of etnies, who hand-picked three creative minds from the brand’s history – Gil Le Bon Delapointe, Mike Manzoori and Yogi Proctor – that the skatebale house first appeared. PAS created compelling concepts that demonstrated what living, moving and thinking could look like in the future.

The Skatable House and other artifacts are on display at La Gaîté Lyrique Public Domaine – skateboard culture running until August 7th and is the largest skateboard art shows ever. Did I say “ever”? Curated in Paris at the 5 floor Gaite Lyrique Gallery, it features skateboard culture and artists from all over the world. Invitees include Bryce Kanights, Mofo, Kevin Thatcher, Luke Ogden, Rhino, Michael Burnett, Patrick O’Dell, Ed Templeton, Jerry Hsu, David Broach, Gabe Morford, Cédric Viollet, Brian Gaberman,Taro Hirano, Sem Rubio, Dan Boulton, Benjamin Deberdt, Deeli, Eric Antoine, Travis Dove, Rich Gilligan, Bertrand Trichet, Buzzy Sullivan, Sergej Vutuc, Fred Mortagne, Gus Duarte, Giovanni Reda, Davy Van Laere, Atiba Jefferson, Sam Ashley, Neck Face, Yogi Proctor, Adam Wallacavage, Donny Miller, Deanna Templeton, Cleon Peterson, Mike O’Meally, The Art Dump (Eric Anthony, Hershel Baltrotsky, Jeremy Carnahan, Michael Coleman, Andy Jenkins, Christian Morin, Andy Mueller, Evan Hecox & Chris Waycott), ILL Studio, Natas Kaupas, Mike Manzoori, DVNO, Rémi Brun, Sade Coy, Cédric Viollet and Edouard Le Scouarnec, Matthias Fennetaux, William Strobeck, Ludovic Azémar, Ty Evans, Don Brown, Claude Jutra, Alyasha Moore, Andy Jenkins, Ben Horton, Ed Templeton, Eli Morgan Gesner, Fos, Marc McKee, Mike Hill, Moish Brenman, Sean Cliver, Michael Sieben, Todd Francis, Winston Tseng, Johnny “Mojo” Munnerlyn, Colin Price and Donny Miller, Pierre-Andre Senizergues, Mark Gonzales, Lance Mountain, and Benjamin Chasselon.
Under the direction of Jérôme Delormas – la Gaîté lyrique’s director, Public domaine – Skateboard culture is the brainchild of Vincent Carry – artistic advisor to la Gaîté lyrique in collaboration with Pedro Winter and Morgan Bouvant – invited representatives, Yogi Proctor and Sébastien Carayol – consultants and Benoit Rousseau, music programmer.
There will also be live performances from Dinosaur Jr, Tommy Guerrero, Mix Master Mike, Ray Barbee, McRad, Lords of The Underground, Boys Noize, Antipop Consortium, Busy P, Bad Shit, The Goat. As well as demos by Etnies, Girl, and Nike SB.

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posted by Xavier Lannes @ Wednesday, June 29, 2011 




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