“Decked Out” is a newly inaugurated annual exhibition that aims to explore the rich contribution that skate culture has brought to bear on the contemporary art field. Featuring art, photography, installations and films, the exhibition aims to celebrate the extraordinary creative production and cultural influence the skate-deck has had on Street and Urban Contemporary Art, revealing the true spirit and vitality of street culture and its ever expanding influence on visual art practice.
Gritty, authentic and sincere this loose-knit group of street artists are part of a lineage that traces back to the dynamic East Village scene of the early 1980s, a moment in New York City when the renegade spirit of street culture collided with the art world to dramatic effect. The unifying traits of those early artists whose styles and distribution channels still remain largely outside of the art worlds but whose influences are still felt today. These include a critical interest in pop cultural iconography, strong often absurd images and narratives, sticker culture, hip hop and punk with a strong do-it-yourself ethic that unites street skating with street art through its unabashed claim to “rights to the city”. Decked Out tips its hat to the generation whose work continues to influence artists, filmmakers, and designers who continue to use the “street” as the grit in the oyster than makes the pearl.
ADD FUEL (PT), AFK (NO), Bortusk Leer (UK), Carrie Reichardt (UK), Ciran Glöbel & Conzo Thron (UK), Dr. D. (UK), ELKI (UK), Ella & Pitr (FR), Ernest Zacharevic (LT), Hama Woods (NO), Jeff Gillette (US), John Fekner (US), JPS (UK), Julien De Casabianca (FR), Kennardphillipps (UK), Levalet (FR), Maismenos (PT), Martin Whatson (NO), Mobstr (UK), NIMI (UK/NO), Nina Ghafari (IR/NO), Nipper (UK), RH74 (NO), Skurk (NO), Snik (UK), Spazuk (CA), Tilt (FR), Wan HO (CH/NO) & MORE
Opening times: Wed-Fri (11-17) and Sat (10-16)
Nuart Gallery – Salvaagergata 10, Stavanger (NO)