August 2 – September 28, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, August 2, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Blunt is an exhibition of artwork entirely created by current or former skateboarders. The term Blunt comes from an advanced skateboarding trick where a skateboarder stalls vertically on their back wheels and truck resting on the top of a surface edge with the skateboard tail below the edge. It requires a great deal of practice, balance, and faith in execution to make something so difficult seem so effortless.
Skateboarding’s history is inextricably intertwined with art and creativity. The act of skateboarding is a living embodiment of the intersection of art and sport, of creativity and physical activity. The world as seen through the eyes of a skateboarder becomes an exercise of seeing untapped potential in inanimate objects.
Skateboarders combine unique spatial awareness with a drive to express themselves through action. They possess a perseverance to improve and push their personal limitations. They are able to look at the landscape and plan for the future, while simultaneously acting in the present, adjusting instinctively while on the move. Always moving in the forward, and making adjustments without thought. These personal characteristics aren’t relegated solely to the act of skateboarding, however, but often find themselves spilling over into other aspects of skateboarders’ lives.
Born with a DIY, grass-root dynamism, skateboarding culture has had major influences on art, architecture, fashion, music, and graphic design. This exhibition celebrates the contributions that skateboarding has had on the lives of many artists. Blunt art demonstrates an honest and open approach to art making, created without pretense.
Participating artists include:
Matthew McDole [pictured above]
The Carnegie Center for Art and History would like to thank Franklin Parrasch Gallery for all their help with this exhibition.