Tricks and transportation

Cruising, gliding, sidewalk surfing

Subculture to the Olympics. Hey, Tony Hawk on MasterClass

Hi! I am delighted to have organized SKATE at The Bascom. My curatorial approach, as well as my studio practice, is one of invitation, cooperation, and serious play. Intentional play. Yes, there is imagination and enjoyment but with attention to building shared experience through the engagement of art. As Dr. Seuss says – “It is fun to have fun but you’ve got to know how.”

The origins and motivation of the sub-culture of skateboarding have always supported individuality, creativity both through design and the physical, alternate thinking, questioning the norm with a bit of anarchy. Examining the physical world as material for expression. A rail on a stair becomes a platform for motion, an empty pool becomes an invention stage. Skate design can range from boards with layers of rough worn stickers to elegant engineering but always the potential for energy fueled action and a bit of a revolutionary spirit.

I consider these qualities to also define an artistic practice. For this exhibit, I invited and in some cases commissioned, these artists to interpret the world of skateboarding with ingenuity, whimsy, and their unique style. Some used traditional art tools, a brush and paint, camera lens, fabric, and ceramic, or in some cases, a couple of wheels and a piece of wood. 

Not all of us are skateboarders, though are excited to try out Highlands' new skate park along with a visit to the gallery.

Thank you for skating/playing with us!

                                   -Didi Dunphy, guest curator