The Looking Sideways art show opened last night at the Vans Wängl Tängl Presented by G-Shock in Mayrhofen, Austria. A couple of hundred party-goers and art fans checked out works on display by Fos, French, Blaise Rosenthal, Ed Templeton, Tristan Huber, Corey Smith, Schoph, Danny Wainwright, Danny Larsen and Tim Karpinski.
"It’s been great to be part of a show that brings together such a strong line-up of artists and it’s pretty amazing to see everyone’s different styles", said artist Schoph, who used the occasion to premiere a new work called Dead Questions in the Eyes. "I’ve been in plenty of shows now but the Looking Sideways crew have definitely raised the bar in terms of the space and the quality of the work".
Other highlights at the show included a huge 6’ by 4’ illustration by skater and artist French, which dominated the gallery in Mayrhofen’s Europahaus, and the start of a huge live art piece by Looking Sideways art director Owen Tozer. It’s being created using images sent in by members of the public, who were invited to contribute to the project by uploading images of their eyes looking sideways to the LS Facebook page, or by emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The final piece will be used to create the graphics for an exclusive run of limited edition Looking Sideways x Endeavor x Vans Wängl Tängl snowboards, with the winners of the boards chosen from those who contributed images.
Tozer and some of the artists in attendance at the show will be working on the piece on site at the Europahaus throughout the week, so members of the public have until Friday 23rd March to send in their eyes and have a chance of winning one of the boards.
Tomorrow night’s music line up will continue the “Contest-ival” spirit of the event with a heavy line up for the FREE music concert at the Arena in Mayrhofen. Semprre Caoz, Those Furious Flames and Truckfighters will play the show headlined by Seether.
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Sponsors: Vans, Red Bull, G-Shock, Fiat, Mayrhofner Bergbahnen
We still need your eyes! With just over a week to go until our show kicks off in Mayrhofen, we’ve had a huge response to our request for eyes looking sideways. To recap, during the week, our artists are going to use the eyes we receive to create a huge live art piece. Once it’s finished, we’ll use the piece to create the graphics for a limited edition run of Looking Sideways x Endeavor snowboards.
We’re stoked to be working with Endeavor Snowboard Design on this project – the Canadian outfit, founded in 2002 by pro rider Max Jenke and Transworld Magazine photographer Scott Serfas, are one of the most progressive board companies out there and completely got the concept when we approached them to see if they were up for being involved. For 10 years they’ve not only built award winning boards but also been dedicated to bringing art to snowboard design, showcasing work by artists from all over the world as their graphics. All this mean they were the perfect partner for us.
Last year they built and launched their own in-house snowboard prototype facility, The Archetype Lab. The idea behind the facility is that Endeavor’s board design guru Jason Broz can knock up prototype decks the team riders can then immediately test on the hills around Vancouver.
The Archetype Lab is where we’ll also be finishing off our Looking Sideways X Wangl Tangl X Endeavor boards, complete with graphics made up of all the eyes we receive. Here’s a sample of what people have been sending in so far.
It’s still not too late to enter though. Here’s a reminder of how to go about sending your eyes, and so be in with a chance of winning one of these boards.
Take a photo of yourself and make sure that your eyes are looking sideways.
Send the picture to email@example.com or upload it to our Facebook page.
We’ll then add your set of eyes to the huge live art piece we’re making at Vans Wängl Tängl.
Come to the Looking Sideways art exhibition at the Europahaus in Mayrhofen and see for yourself. We can help you take a photo and we’ll add it to the art we’re making.
Timothy John Karpinski Jr is a Portland, Oregon-based artist originally from Edison, New Jersey who got his first break creating graphics for the pro model snowboard of his childhood friend Danny Kass. Following X-Games and Olympic success, Kass successfully launched the glove company Grenade, with Tim as creative director. Tim is currently art director at Gnu Snowboards, runs the Together Gallery in Portland, and is an acclaimed artist having exhibited at Vancouver, Miami, San Francisco and London.
“Karpinski is that rare combo of ‘dreamer’ and ‘doer’,” says Andrew Hosner of the Los Angeles-based Thinkspace Gallery. “Many encompass one of these traits, seldom both. He is a master of wit, a lover of folk and owner of one of the finest art reference libraries this side of the Mississippi.”
“From a young age I’ve always been making things,” says Tim himself. “Building forts turned into building skate ramps which lead to building art installations. I love the art making process, from the initial spark of the ‘idea’, the creation to the finished product. Art for me is very personal and everything I make is a direct reflection on my feelings about this world and my struggle and fascination with trying to understand it and find my purpose within it.”
Tim will be exhibiting at the Looking Sideways art show at Wangl Tangl in March of 2012.
Danny Wainwright is a skater, skate-shop owner, artist and designer from Bristol, England. A pro skater for fifteen years, Danny is one of the UK’s most famous skateboarding exports. An interest in graffiti and street art introduced him to painting at an early age, while a keen eye for design has seen him create and develop the identity of the legendary Bristol skate shop Fifty Fifty, which he co-founded in 1997. Recent years have seen Danny’s art move further from their graffiti origins and take a more abstract route, while a move to Barcelona in 2009 was closely followed by the first highly acclaimed gallery show of his work alongside friend and fellow artist RichT.
When we invited Danny to exhibit in the Looking Sideways exhibition at Wangl Tangl we thought we’d ask him a few questions about his art…
Blaise Rosenthal is a legend in snowboarding circles, and is rapidly making a name for himself as an artist. He’s a key part of our show at Wangl Tangl, and will also be coming along himself to meet the crew, check out the show and explain more about his art in person. As well as find time for a cheeky shred as well we hope. Check the interview the Looking Sideways crew just posted about his art by clicking here, and watch the film below for more from Blaise himself.
Ed Templeton is a skateboarding legend-turned-artist from Huntington Beach, California. He is best known for starting the skate company Toy Machine in 1993, a company who have gone on to uncover some of the most influential skaters ever to have stood on a board, including Bam Margera, Jamie Thomas, Chad Muska and Kerry Getz, as well as releasing board graphics, adverts and films that have always taken skating in a new, creative direction. Ed was famous in the skate world for his skateboard deck graphics, before coming to prominence in the mainstream art world after winning $50,000 dollars for his photography book Teenage Smokers in a Search for Art prize in 2001. Ed also paints, makes films and creates photography books, and was an obvious interviewee for the “Beautiful Losers” project, a touring art exhibition, collected art book and feature documentary film that also included Shepard Fairey, Harmony Korine, Mike Mills, Steven “Espo” Powers, Aaron Rose, and Thomas Campbell,
Ed’s blog, described as a “traffic jam on the information super highway,” can be found on the Toy Machine website, and is a window into his vastly creative world, showing Ed as he takes in art exhibitions around the world, a hectic traveling schedule still as head of Toy Machine, and the site includes some fantastic drawings, paintings, photographs and short films detailing his life in general. Ed’s wife Deanne Templeton is often described as Ed’s muse, and also blogs about their adventures, with fantastic photography and more behind-the-scenes peaks into the couple’s life. In 2010 Ed toured created the The Cemetery of Reason show (and consequent book), the biggest collection of his art to date. The show opened at Gent’s SMAK museum, and Emerica made a film prior to the event:
With ten days to go until our show at the 2012 Vans Wangl Tangl opens, we’re stoked to release our official show poster, designed by Looking Sideways art director Owen Tozer. It’s the first of a series of three posters we’re releasing this year. The other two will commemorate the events we’ll be holding this summer at the Vans Downtown Showdown and Boardmasters.
We’ll be creating a very limited run of screen prints of this particular design, which will be available to buy at the Looking Sideways show itself, and on the website after the show closes. Keep checking the site for more details, or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
With just over two weeks to go until our show at this year’s Vans Wängl Tängl kicks off, we’re really pleased to announce that Ed Templeton, Danny Wainwright, Tim Karpinski, Danny Larsen and Tristan Huber will be exhibiting their work.
They’ll join Corey Smith, Fos, French, Schoph and Blaise Rosenthal to complete what we’re pretty sure is one of the most progressive line-up of board sports art ever gathered together. Our show will kick off with an opening party at the resort’s renowned Europahaus gallery space on Tuesday 20th March, and will be open to everybody until Friday 23rd March.
See their work and read more about Ed Templeton, Danny Wainwright, Tim Karpinski, Danny Larsen and Tristan Hube…
Richard ‘French’ Sayer is an artist, illustrator, skateboarder and lover of all things metal. Originally from Aldershot, England, he now lives and works in London.
His distinctive artwork has adorned skateboards and other products for the likes of Vans, Independent, Creature, Real, Cliché, Zero, Antiz, as well as other clients such as Virgin Records and the BBC.
Since 2001 he’s exhibited his work in solo and group shows in the UK, USA, Europe and Australia. As well as running his own Witchcraft Skateboards, he’s just returned from Australia and the successful ‘Oath Of Armageddon’ exhibition at the Backwoods Gallery in Melbourne. Among many other things he’s currently doing the poster and artwork for the Scion rock festival and has just been asked to send some work to the Grammy museum in the US, and has an exhibition planned for the Beach London gallery in the first week of May. Before then we’re excited he’s able to show some work with us at Wängl Tängl, and hopefully be in Mayrhofen himself for the show. We caught up with French earlier in the week to talk art, skateboarding and Heavy Metal…
Mark Foster, often known as ‘Fos’ is an artist originally from Rawtenstall, Lancashire, England. Skateboarding since his early teens, Fos told Artist Advocacy’s Shaun Oppedisano that he held no “burning desire to become a plumber or an electrician or work in a factory like everyone else I knew, so I went to art school, much to the protest of my dad.”
After graduating from Goldsmiths Art College in London Fos founded Heroin Skateboards in 1998 – whose distinctive graphics, videos and adverts led to a cult following in the UK, Japan and the US. Fos has also done graphics for Black Label, Real, Zero, Toy Machine, Baker and Deathwish skateboards, and as an artist has exhibited in London, Paris, New York, Tokyo. Fos is now the art director at Altamont Apparel , continues to run his companies Heroin & Landscape Skateboards and divides his time between New Cross in London and Los Angeles.
Schoph Schophield is an artist & snowboarder from Doncaster in the North of England. As a sponsored snowboarder Schoph based himself in the French Alpes, and travelled the world for many years as a rider, before more recently exhibiting his artwork at successful solo and group exhibitions across the UK, Europe and the US.
Always busy, he somehow also finds time for acting (look out for him in Sherlock Holmes 2: A Game of Shadows) continues to co-run the Dalikfodda clothing company and their music tours, and is currently an art ambassador for Rhythmlivin who he is currently (February 2012) traveling across Scandinavia with after completing their ISPO installation in Munich (see video later).
After the success of his show at our first Looking Sideways event in France last year we’re please to announce Schoph will be in Mayrhofen with us between the 17th and 24th of March for the Looking Sideways pop-up gallery at Wängl Tängl, exhibiting some of his most recent work and contributing to our live project.
Before then, we caught up with him for a brief chat.
SEND US YOUR EYES & WIN A LIMITED EDITION SNOWBOARD
As part of our art show at the Vans Wangl Tangl, the Looking Sideways crew need your help to make some original artwork. To take part, we want your eyes so we can make graphics for a limited edition run of snowboards. It’s easy, and you might just win one of the boards. And even if you don’t win, your eyes will still be part of an amazing, original artwork.
Take a photo of yourself, the nearest person to you (your best friend, cat, mum – whoever), and make sure that their eyes are ‘looking sideways’. Look left or right, we don’t mind.
Email us the picture to email@example.com or upload it to our Facebook page.
We’ll then add your set of eyes to the live art piece we’re creating at Wängl Tängl, creating a big art piece.
Looking Sideways artists will then work on the mural throughout the event. We’ll document the process before using the final piece to create some original graphics for a set of unique Vans/Wangl Tangl snowboards.
We’ll be picking random winners for the snowboards from those who sent in their eyes, meaning you can get hold of an original limited edition snowboard for nothing more than twenty seconds of your time.*
For more info on Wangl Tangl please visit wangltangl.com.
*We will also be creating a high res image available for free download so everyone who sends in their eyes can see how the piece worked out. Use it as a desktop, print it out and put it on your wall, or simply post it on Facebook – it’s yours to do whatever you want.