Check out a sneak peek of Unconcrete Architects, an upcoming show by Mathieu Claudon and Etienne Bouet taking place in the French Basque Country in June. With artwork paying homage to some of skateboarding’s greats, the work on display takes portraits of certain familiar skateboarders and places them within an artistic rendition of the architecture their skateboarding is most associated with. Guests at this year’s events are Steve Caballero, Christian Hosoi, Tony Alva and Adrian Lopez and it will take place from Thursday 14th to Saturday 17th June as part of the Wheels and Waves Festival, Pasaia San Pedro in Biarritz.
Get more of an idea of what is to come via the press release below and some examples of the artwork on display!
French artists Mathieu Claudon and Etienne Bouet reveal a pre-production of their new project “Unconcrete Architects“. As it was with their previous exhibition “Red XV” in 2017, the starting point for this one is the connection between architecture and skateboarding – the latter considered as both an art and a culture. This time it’s the spirit of watercolors used by the designers and architects of the beginning of the 20th century which is the project’s guideline.
Based on photographic portraits, skateboard legends of the 80’s such as Steve Caballero, Christian Hosoi, Eric Dressen and Ray Barbee are represented within a framework representing their preferred skateboarding medium. Here, these iconic skaters are considered as ‘architects’ of skateboarding much as Le Corbusier, Gropius, Aalto or Eames are in their chosen fields. Both artists pay tribute to the idols of their youth and related historic spots.