With a board under his feet since he was 14 years old, Romain Hurdequint discovers through skateboard graphics, a passion for art. In 2011, he decided to document in a blog all the artistic potential that skate offers. Ten years later, The Daily Board is still read by several thousand visitors each month and has become a reference. In 2018, Romain undertook the writing of an anthology entitled Skate Art: From the Object to the Artwork, published by Cercle d'Art. This anthology finds itself distributed worldwide, notably within the prestigious museums of New York, the MoMA and the MET. Committed to democratizing this new art to the general public, Romain organized several exhibitions in Lyon and Bordeaux. First Inking Board, for which he invited tattoo artists to cut the skin to paint on a diptych of skateboards, then Spraying Board, where street art meets skateboarding. For both concepts, the entrepreneur provides the canvases (the skateboards to be customized) along with their wall hangings. The whole thing is branded Tigerclaw Supplies, a new brand on the skateboarding scene of which he is the co-founder.
Rom av.JC is the artistic alter ego of Romain Hurdequint. Armed with spray cans, acrylic, marker or clay, he reinvents the representations of ancient leisure activities. Placing the skateboard at the heart of gladiatorial combat or the first events of the Olympic Games, the artist rewrites the history of this discipline. Shaped like jars with Greco-Roman motifs, the boards bear witness to the practice of skateboarding at a time when the city of Lyon was called Lugdunum. Like the ceramics of the Greco-Roman period, the worn skateboard is marked by its time. If the temporality is far from being the same, the bruises are similar. Broken, hammered, completely reduced to pieces, the skateboards at the end of their life are like those vases that resurface hundreds of years later: imperfect, but full of history. In the manner of kintsugi and its respect for wabi-sabi, I seek to care for what remains of the skateboard and to recognize the beauty in its imperfections. It is a question of restoring the board without masking the traces left by its use, but by rewriting its history. The abused skateboard is ennobled by taking on a new life... antique.
R. Michael Hendrix was scolded by his high school basketball coach for badly bruising his hip while trying to ollie. The coach told him to choose skating or basketball so he quit both and started competitive swimming. Today he is the Global Design Director for IDEO, a musician called R.M. Hendrix, a visual artist and a proud Tennessee Volunteer alumni. https://michaelhendrix.com/
Michael Giles is a Venezuelan-American artist working primarily in painting and drawing. He has exhibited nationally including SITE: Brooklyn in Brooklyn, NY, Core New Art Space in Denver, CO, Channel To Channel Gallery in Nashville, TN, the William King Museum in Abingdon, VA, Crosstown Arts, in Memphis, TN, Walters State Community College, Carson Newman University, and Fluorescent Gallery in Knoxville, TN.
Born in Maracaibo, Venezuela, at the age of five he immigrated with his family to Baltimore, OH. He studied as part of the Reciprocal Exchange Program at Edith Cowan University (Perth, Australia, 1996) and received a BFA from The Ohio State University in 2000, and an MFA from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 2007. He is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, TN. He lives and works in Knoxville, TN, with his wife and son and various furry animals.
Andrew Saftel was raised in Rhode Island. He received a B.F.A. with an emphasis on Printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute. In the mid 1980s, he relocated to Knoxville, TN, set up a studio and continued making paintings on wood panels that were inspired by the carved and stained woodblocks left from printing projects. He has since had over fourty-five solo exhibitions of paintings, sculptures, prints, and collages in galleries and museums across the country. He is the recipient of an Individual Artist Grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission and was selected to travel to Israel as a part of a Tennessee/Israel Art Exchange. He divides his time between the Sequatchie Valley in East Tennessee, Northern California, and Patzcuaro, Mexico.