Art Now NY presents 'Rise Above'
The "Rise Above" group art show at the Art Now NY gallery in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood brought together some of skateboarding's most beloved media masters to pay homage to late NYC skateboarding legend Harold Hunter. Pieces from Bigfoot, Chad Muska, David Ortiz, Allen Ying and 22 others filled the space, which opened to the public Thursday night. Click through for a taste of the reception; the show will hang through Nov. 2.
Shavrick's created more than 1,000 sculptures -- many of them massive, towering works -- but "You alright, bro? Yeah, I'm good" has the same humor and playfulness on a much smaller scale. Influenced and informed by both Tim Burton and NYC skate culture, Shavrick learned sculpture from his father, a former ironworker from Israel who would make works out of steel in his workshop in upstate New York.
From his Love Park days in Philly to his current role as team manager of Bones Bearings, Laird's always been known as one of skateboarding's nicest personalities. He's also a guy who can give you an unwanted nickname that will stick for decades. Laird's currently living in Los Angeles, but flew to NYC to display some images he shot while touring India.
When you're around Cardona, it's always Quim Time, and the "Rise Above" opening was another chance for him to flaunt his unmistakable style. Flamboyantly dressed and sporting an engaging grin, Cardona stood out -- as he does on a skateboard -- among a crowd so thick it billowed out into the gallery hallway.
With an eclectic mix of punk and rap, NinjaSonik has maintained a connection to the NYC skate scene. The songs Jah Jah heard in skate videos growing up expanded his tastes in music and influenced their sound.
Serra started skating legendary spots in Northern California in the '80s before moving to NYC to become a fixture on the skateboarding scene. He collaborated with Alex Corporan and Andre Razo on "Full Bleed," a photography book on NYC skateboarding released by VICE books.
With New York experiencing a brutally humid Indian summer, the secluded back room of the Art Now NY gallery became the chill spot for the night. Equipped with fans and plenty of multimedia artwork to take in, it provided a break from a room so hot you could see steam coming off the crowd.
Guzman's "Haculla" character has become a mainstay in NYC street art. Guzman, who was a homeless graffiti artist before his art career flourished, often manipulates existing images in his work. His contribution to the show, top left, is a modification of a famous image of Charles Manson.
The New York duo known as Gnarmads formed more than 10 years ago over their love of skating, biking and pushing their passions as far as possible. Together they own the mobile skate shop Tre Truck. As evidenced by their photographic contribution to the show, they're constantly finding new ways to interpret NYC.
When Philadelphia grabbed the skate scene by the throat in the mid-'90s with raw skating and Love Park, Angemi stood out with the power he displayed on his board. Now working as a fireman in Camden, N.J., Angemi documents the burned-out homes he encounters on the city's streets.
Ortiz has been a street-culture influencer for years through his work with Zoo York, Dave's Quality Meats and his current lifestyle store, Dave's Wear House. But his creativity reaches far beyond his business acumen, as he's continued to paint; he contributed these two impressionist pieces to the show.
It's impressive for a print skateboard magazine to survive in the digital age, but to start your own independent nonprofit mag and land a feature in The New York Times is a testament to a unique talent and determination. Ying's 43 Magazine has become a voice for NYC and is one of the best examples of how artistic skate photography can be while maintaining a focus on the actual tricks.
Co-curator of the "Rise Above" group show and one of the NYC skate scene's most important figures, Corporan stands by Bigfoot's take on an iconic photo of Harold Hunter at the Brooklyn Banks. With decades of work under his belt, Corporan has shown an unparalleled dedication to advancing NYC skate culture and extends his work to the community with his collaborations with the charity that honors his late friend.