Synopses & Reviews
• Gritty to graceful, skateboard art is the newest hot medium
• Skateboarding is extreme!
• Includes art on boards as well as graffiti, canvas, and computer work
Michelangelo painted ceilings. Diego Rivera painted walls. Today, great artists are drawn to skateboards as both canvas and muse, another outlet for the creativity that has made skateboarding an influential part of todays pop culture. Concrete to Canvas brings together an impressive variety of skateboard art and features the hottest artists in the medium. Commentary on each artist, examples of his or her work, and quotes let graffiti artists, illustrators, graphic designers—and skateboarders!—enter this daring world of movement, color, and form. Whether the art is on the board itself, or created on decks, canvas, computers, or on the streets, its part of a streetwise revolution in art.
"As most of the artists featured in this volume point out, making art is a lot like skateboarding, and vice versa. Little surprise, then, that many of these artists use the idiom of graffiti. Both graffiti and skateboarding are fundamentally urban, requiring a visceral and often dangerous interaction with the hard surfaces of the American city; both demand that practitioners constantly be on the lookout for that perfect, unblemished surface; and both tend to drive cops and security guards nuts. Yet this is hardly a homogenous collection. Of the 29 artists profiled, roughly half practice some form of guerrilla urban art (graffiti, stencil and paste art, etc.), but the majority also work in more traditional mediums and nearly all have been featured in gallery shows. From the minimalist canvasses of Rob Abeyta Jr. to the hyperkinetic cartoonishness of Dalek and Andrew Pommier, the sheer artistic diversity on display is staggering. There is one problem with the volume as a whole: at 128 pages, it's too short by half. Like a dizzying skateboard trick, it's an exhilarating ride that ends much too soon." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
A fabulous showcase of mad skateboard art skillz!
About the Author
cofounded coldspace.net, the online skateboarding, art, and design zine. Before she began writing for coldspace full-time, she organized exhibitions for a
large arts and media facility in Birmingham, England. She lives in England.
David Penhallow, a skateboarder for the past eleven years, is the cofounder and
Web designer for coldspace.net. He lives in England.