Skateboarding always fascinated me in a weird way. Using contemporary space and modern structures to achieve an art in itself is something uncommon but necessary for the inspiration of our days. Skateboarding saved many people from themselves, from their misery, from their fear. Skateboarding may not be your thing, but a whole culture is coming out from this scene and keeps growing every single day. People travel to different places to achieve tricks on structures that are illegal to touch. They are playing with fire and dealing with police officers only to feel free, once again. To find beauty where it’s well hidden.
And then, a little further down the road, there are surfers from all around the world patiently waiting for a wave that may never come, expecting nature to give them something great. Once they catch a wave and actually get up, they look like dancing stars in the middle of the sea, something purely natural and synonym of beauty. At sea, they are nothing. There’s no life in the background, there're no worries about the world. At sea, they become free. Staying there for hours only to achieve a trick they wanted to do, or simply to taste the subtle salty taste on their lips while being burned by the warm sunshine.
Skateboarding and surfing have always been deeply connected, but were never accepted as a duo. At the time, if you were a skateboarder, you couldn’t be a surfer. And vice versa. But it has changed. These days, you can be whoever you want to be, do whatever you feel like and be happy with any ‘’sport’’ you want to practice. In between, everything is connected: art is everywhere.
Inspired by the surf and skate culture, artists from around the globe create pieces of art inspired by this subculture. Photographs, drawings, paintings, graffiti, sculptures… Anything. Anything that makes their heart skip a beat and makes their pulse race faster will do the trick. Anything that makes them feel good about the world and make them forget their minds will work as well.
So, that’s what Cyan Anthracite is all about, and maybe you should think about going to Hamburg. Yes, just for that, because you know what? We only have to live that life once, so you might as well live from your passion, and get inspired by talented artists. The idea of this exposition is to talk and connect skateboarding, surfing and the subcultures that come from it. It’s your chance to discover international artists while watching them create art, surrounded by interesting people.
It started already on last Friday, but it’s on until March 13th.
44 FLAVOURS, BEN COOK, BENJAMIN JEAN JEAN, BEN THÉ, BRETTSPIEL, BROKEN FINGAZ, BROKOVICH, CÉSAR ANCELLE HANSEN, DAVE THE CHIMP, DAVID CLAUSSE, FABIAN WOLF, H.Y.T. STUDIO, JÉRÔME ROMAIN, KOTTIE PALOMA, LUKAS GANSTERER, LYCIEN-DAVID CSÉRY, MALARKO, MARCUS SCHILD, MICHELE BUSS, MONICA GARZA, OSCAR DELMAR, PABLO COTS, POLLY BOSWORTH, PRIMOZ ZORKO, SERGEJ VUTUC, SIMON FRANK, TOMEK NIEWIADOMSKI, VELWET
Art is everywhere, you just need to stop moving too fast and observe.
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