Chad Muska needs no introduction. The iconic skateboarder has recently branched out into art in a very big way. On June 3, he opened his first solo-exhibition titled “Transitions” at New Image Gallery. The title of the show is without a doubt in reference to the many transitions in his career. Starting with skateboarding, then venturing into music, Muska has made the move to art fairly recently. His artwork has evolved from wheat paste, stencils and graffiti to a more minimalistic approach using a variety of mediums.
Transitions featured heavy pieces constructed with steel, concrete and paper coated with resin. In an ode to his skateboarding beginnings, Muska created an artistic take on a skate ramp out of concrete. “Skateboarders, look at metal and concrete already as objects of artistic expression,” comments Muska. “It’s like a canvas. And now the mediums that I’m using are metal and concrete. It’s so funny, but that’s why I think I’m attracted to these materials; because I’ve spent my entire life looking at the concrete sidewalk that I’m riding down.”
Text: Keisha Leng / Photos: Birdman for Mass Appeal