hite Walls is pleased to present Amusement, a solo show by Brooklyn-based twin brother duo, Skewville. Join us for the opening reception Saturday, April 13, from 7-11pm. The exhibit will be free and open to the public for viewing through May 4, 2013.
Made up of 30 artworks on a mix of wood canvases and found materials like vintage Coca-Cola signage and an old school bingo board amid large installation pieces, Amusement is the product of Skewville’s distinct ‘urban playground’ style, driven by the colors and textures of citylife, with a carnival twist. Nostalgia threads its way through the show with references to the duos’ childhood growing up in Queens, New York City. A merry-go-round built from retro Apollo bikes (the kind of bikes the twins rode as kids) will take center stage, based on sheer size, and a few pieces painted on mirrors and old luggage keep pace with a traveling circus theme though street accessories like a parking meter and “walk”/”don’t walk” signs keep the show firmly in Skewville territory. Paintings of block type and geometric humanoids imply a commentary on man’s relationship to his rigid urban environment, and diagrammatic compositions recall factory production lines. As always, levity and imagination fuel the artists’ creations making Amusement a chance to see into a realm where cityscapes become more playful.
The term Skewville applies to both an artist duo comprised of twin brothers Ad and Droo, as well as the psychogeographic location they reference in their art. Skewville is best known for their wooden sneakers that serve as an illusionistic response to contemporary urban landscapes, customarily strewn over power lines. Skewville is based in Brooklyn, though their street art appears in cities throughout the world.
Interview with Skewville
Interview with owner/founder/curator Justin Giarla
High-resolution images available upon request
Amusement by Skewville
Opening Reception – April 13, 2013, 7-11 pm
On View Through May 04, 2013
@ White Walls (www.whitewallssf.com)
886 Geary, San Francisco, CA
Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM