Skateboarding occupies a central place among the younger generation of contemporary indian artists. Rather than as breaking with the past they view skateboarding and graffiti on a continuum with traditional practices such as ritual dancing and weaving. Employing a fine arts approach to disposable objects, artists often decorate skateboard decks with hand painted originals. Of course, through use these motifs would quickly wear off and become but a memory. Fleeting and vanishing … like sandpaintings.
Skateboarding in native culture has been the subject of numerous exhibitions, at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona and National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C., among others.
Check out this video by skateboarder/filmmaker Dustinn Craig
After watery setbacks, the gallery has been reopened since end of fall and will greet 2013 with a series of thrilling events and exhibitions. Currently on view are two strong representatives of low-brow art – Douglas Miles and Ryan Singer.