18 Wooster Street
Session the Bowl was one of the gallery’s most ambitious exhibition and performance projects. The central element was Free Basin, an enormous empty wooden swimming-pool sculpture/skateboard bowl created by Simparch. An exhibition of new painting, drawing, photography, and video by thirty-three artists associated with skateboard culture was presented on the surrounding walls. The project also included a series of organized and impromptu skate demos. There was a skate demo by the 5Boro crew on the exhibition’s opening night.
Free Basin was part sculpture, part architecture, part stage for performance. It was also an astonishing handmade kidney- shaped swimming pool, with a smoothly buffed surface built for skateboarding. The viewer first approached the work via its underside, walking through the trusses and support structure. A stairway led to the upper level, where one looked down onto the empty pool. It was a completely unexpected and disconcerting experience to find this ambiguous structure wedged into an art gallery.
Skateboard culture has been a remarkable generator of artistic innovation. Many legendary skateboarders are also artists and musicians. Chris Johanson, who had a concurrent exhibition at Deitch Projects, and Barry McGee, whose work was included in Session the Bowl, are examples of prominent artists whose work is associated with skateboard culture. As Hamza Walker wrote, “In its quest for perfection of form for its own sake, skateboarding is to pavement what Greenberg argued paint is to canvas.”
The exhibition component included established artists who have been associated with skateboard culture as well as a number of younger artists recommended by members of the skateboard community. Stephen Powers (ESPO) designed a poster with logos for each of the participating artists, which was distributed as a sticker edition.
Opening night performances by: A-ron the Dirty Rotten Don with Kid America & the Bandy Crew BARR.
Participating artists: Michael Bevilacqua, Thomas Campbell, Deanne Cheuk, Larry Clark, Martha Cooper, Tony Cox, Dalek, Dash, Doze, Cheryl Dunn, Shepard Fairey, Phil Frost, Futura, Ry Fyan, Evan Hecox, Jo Jackson, Todd James, Chris Johanson, SSUR, KAWS, KR, Ari Marcopoulos, Barry McGee, Ryan McGinness, Mike Mills, Stephen Powers, J.otto Seibold, Rostarr, Simparch, Ed Templeton, and Tobin Yelland.
March 8 - 11, 2018
We will present a special solo project by the artist JR.
Image: JR, Migrants, Walking New York City, 2015
April - May 2018
18 Wooster Street
76 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013
Monday – Friday
10 AM – 6 PM
Tuesday – Saturday
Noon – 6 PM
The gallery reopens with People in April 2018.
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