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Session the Bowl
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December 14, 2002 — February 15, 2003
18 Wooster Street, New York

The skateboard culture has been a remarkable generator of artistic innovation. Many legendary skateboarders are also artists and musicians. Session the Bowl was an exhibition and performance project in which the central element was Free Basin, the enormous handmade wooden empty swimming pool sculpture/skateboard bowl created by Simparch. An exhibition of new painting, drawing, photography and video by thirty-three artists associated with the skateboard culture was presented on the surrounding walls. The project also included a series of organized and impromptu skate demos. Free Basin was part sculpture, part architecture, part stage for performance. In writing about the convergence of art and skateboarding for the brochure of the Hyde Park Art Center installation of Free Basin, Hamza Walker described how "in its quest for perfection of form for its own sake, skateboarding is to pavement what Greenberg argued paint is to canvas."

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, Daniel Joseph, SSUR, KAWS, KR, Ari Marcopoulos, Barry McGee, Ryan McGinness, Mike Mills, Steve Powers, J.otto Seibold, RoStarr, Simparch, Ed Templeton, Tobin Yelland

Opening night performances by:

A-ron the Dirty Rotten Don with Kid America & the Bandy Crew, BARR

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