Skateboarders share time with art
Top skateboarders explore artistic side
Two of the country's most legendary skateboarders have banded together to open an art exhibition that explores the nature of time.
Levi Hawken and Lee Ralph share a common bond of a career in professional skateboarding and both have a history of putting down the plank to pick up a paintbrush.
Their collaborative exhibition, Timepiece, opens on Wednesday and sees the two artists pushing the boundaries of what their art traditionally represents.
Mr Ralph, who in his skating heyday had his own line of boards, has carved a series of traditional Maori pou.
Each of the sculptural pou are cloaked in paint making reference to the ritual of dressing.
"We dress up to get noticed, to celebrate, to fight, to mourn.
"It is a ritual in which we all take part in as human beings," he explains.
Mr Hawken, who is arguably best known for his "nek minit" internet video, has also had a long and prolific career in skateboarding and graffiti painting.
His new works see him step away from the classic spray-can style in favour of paint and brush.
The outcome is a series of bold paintings, he says display an element of control rather than the urgency that once surrounded his art.
The Timepiece exhibition opens on September 4 at 6pm at 4 Cross St, Auckland. All other viewings are by appointment, contact email@example.com.
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