What a “Real” Art Critic Thinks About “Skate Art” | Reviewed: Muska, Gonz, Janoski, Ed Templeton, +
“Skate art” seems like such a big thing because we live in the world of skateboarding and are subjected to it weekly. Some of it is terrible, some of it is great, some of it is just an excuse to drink for free in the back of a skateshop art gallery. The real question of whether or not “skate art” even exists is another discussion entirely.
But what do those on the outside think about skateboarder artists? Do they think about it? Perhaps it is all terrible and we didn’t realize it or perhaps such a thing doesn’t even exist. Thankfully JENKEM found Shana Nys Dambrot and placed some art by Ed Templeton, Chad Muska, Arto Saari, Gonz, and Stefan Janoski in front of her and got some critical analysis.
Sample: (for Ed’s photo above)
“A young couple kissing on a beach is perhaps one of the most timeless images in film and photography history. The sweet urgency of youth, the beauty of both people, their sexy but natural and fairly modest postures — overall this image embodies the very ideas of love, curiosity, and summer itself. There is humor in it too, in the jaunty angle of the boy’s captain’s hat and how he holds his sunglasses off the hot sand even though the girl has his full attention. And there is a bit of wit, too, in the other obviously modern-day details like the shades and the print of his jams, contrasting with the soul of the beach blanket movies of the 60’s which it channels generally.”
I cut a piece of my studio wall out that I did a "Good God" painting on around 2011. This message was a reminder to myself at that time that I needed to write down and use as strength, so I decided to frame it. I cut the drywall out and was going to frame it as it was but didn't like the idea of framing drywall so I thought I would just extract the paper backing I painted on from it. Well, easier said than done! Almost instantly destroyed the bottom half and had to peel the rest off from the back a little at a time while wetting it down. Then I remounted the pieces on paper and will frame it behind glass. I think the part that was almost destroyed will be the most beautiful in the end… just like us. 🙏🏻🌀
Today marks 26 years of being married to @deannatempleton – 26 years ago I thought I could pop a pimple the morning of the wedding and ended up gouging a giant wound onto my face. I was so nervous I messed up her name during the vows. I think of the winding path that brought us here to the present day from meeting her 30 years ago, ditching school to go skateboarding in LA. Much has changed but our relationship has endured, and I’m continually thankful to have her as my companion. On to the next 30!