April 8th, 2015
For the upcoming Thrashin’ exhibit, artist Andy Foltz went all out on this detailed work. Read about the artist’s inspiration below:
“When I was a young skate rat in the wilderness of North Carolina, the nearest cool spot to skate was a really sketchy narrow drainage ditch near Hanes Mall. It was maybe 10 feet wide between a rusty orange pond of stagnant run off water and a 5-10 foot drop to sharp chunks of broken concrete, jutting up from a disgusting pit of red mud. It was truly apocalyptic and extremely dangerous.
That didn’t stop my brother and I from walking a few miles to get there and skating until we were tired. We never got seriously injured at the ditch, but it was an all or nothing prospect. If you wrecked bad there, you were probably dead. The figure in the center represents that fork in the branches of the multiverse where instead of being careful, my lame attempt at a boneless spun into a whirling pentagram of broken limbs. Fate spins a capricious, apparently random wheel.
The apocalyptic setting matched the nuclear brinkmanship that reached a fevered pitch in the mid to late 1980s, and this was a persistent bogeyman while I grew up. The prospect of nuclear annihilation was both a nightmare and a fantasy. Games like Gamma World let us explore the positive potential of genetic mutations, and movies like Cherry 2000 and Damnation Alley were a lot of fun.
It was an intense time to be alive, like the life of a repo man. At the top of the painting hovers a glowing ’64 Malibu, cruising serenely over the chaos. If you can rise above the chaos, the jealous cowards, and society’s arms of control the view is really incredible.”
See this and so many other great pieces at the opening this Saturday!
April 7th, 2015
What’s better than a Pushead Zorlac Metallica graphic in insane neon green? Why, a Pushead Zorlac Metallica graphic in insane neon green that also glows in the dark, of course! This is Evoker’s take on a classic image for the upcoming Thrashin’ exhibit opening April 11 (that’s this Saturday!) from 7 -10pm. An edition of 14, this print has been hand screen printed by AntiDesigns and custom framed by the artist. Sick!
April 6th, 2015
Ekiem has created an awesome piece for the upcoming Thrashin’ exhibit entitled “Natas Airlines” based on a classic series of Natas Kaupas graphics by Phillips Studios. See the entire work at the opening on April 11!
April 4th, 2015
Up next for our previews of the upcoming Thrashin’ exhibit is Michael C. Hsiung’s work, a tribute to a Pushead Zorlac graphic, which the artist had on a poster hanging in his room as a teen. Love seeing this gnarly graphic re-imagined through Michael’s style! Remember to join us for the opening on Saturday, April 11 from 7 – 10pm.
April 3rd, 2015
Next up on the preview list for Thrashin’ is Phil Lumbang’s work, entitled “Hug Life”. This work draws inspiration from Jim Phillips’ work for Santa Cruz, specifically the infamous Rob Roskopp decks.
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Artwork influenced by 80’s skateboard graphics
Opening Reception Saturday, April 11th, 2015 7 – 10pm
Exhibition runs through March 9th, 2015
Curated by Studio Miners