The Skateroom has teamed up with leading American contemporary artists Walead Beshty and Kelley Walker, for three new limited edition deck series, set to launch at the Marciano Art Foundation of Art on 7 November 2018.
Having featured in solo exhibitions, including MoMA PS1(2004) and Malmö Konsthall, Sweden (2011), Walead Beshty’s work explores the many ways to conceive and develop photographic images as well as photography’s relationship to reality. His photographs urge the viewer to consider the meaning, purpose, and significance of each space as it exists within a moment in time.
For his Skateroom edition, Beshty presents the latest twist on these camera-less photographs. By curling paper during its exposure to cyan, magenta, and yellow light, Beshty’s deck print results in a stack of ever-changing bands, both in color and tone. These elegant photograms strike with crossing lines and curvature.
15% of sale proceeds of each edition will be donated to NGO The Rural Changemakers and their Janwaar Castle project, India’s first rural skatepark. Designed as a social experiment by German publisher, author, and futurist Ulrike Reinhard, the children in the village became true change makers, taking on leadership responsibilities and becoming role models in the community.
Post-conceptual artist Kelley Walker will present two deck series at the Marciano Art Foundation. Walker is known for his appropriation of advertising media jargon and cultural images in order to expose the flaws within society. Key to this, is the inclusion of facsimiles, purposefully defaced to represent the complex relationship between individual and system.
For his five decks series Walker reproduces a large format photographic image of a swimming pool dangling off a cliff edge, while the owner stares stonily into the wreckage. At the bottom of the image, computer-generated forms tumble into a pile of psychedelic rubble. Up in the trees, a slogan has been laid in: FIGHT CAPITALISM, which is set over a larger REAPPROPRIATE.
His edition with The Skateroom comprising three decks, is a painting of bricks over magazine clippings and other ephemera for a striking geometric effect that draws up an anthropological landscape. Walker will donate 7% of profits from both series to NGO Skateistan, an award-winning international organization that uses skateboarding and education for youth empowerment.