Bob Lake, Jef Hartsel, Isaac McKay-Randozzi and myself went down to Atwater Village to visit Geoff McFetridge and Aaron Carretti as part of the installation week we spent in Los Angeles for A Product Of Design at SCION gallery in Culver City. Geoff used the same india-ink he used for the original Curb Thief artwork and made a 9ft, free-standing, 3-layered relief piece for the Solitary Arts inclusion into the product show. We spent a full day at the gallery and finished majority of the work together as a family and had time to spare to skate a few choice spots each day. More to come on those skate missions! By the way, the show ends this Saturday, October 8th so get there as all of the artwork is on sale including both the Big Red and the new Black Piano Pinner. The space has a 0% commission policy so all of the artwork sold will go directly back to each member of the Solitary Arts. Mahalo for your support!
Below, 1/2 of the curating team, Gluekit, Christopher Sleboda putting the finishing touches via vinyl-lettering by the Colophon Foundry (they were also part of this show).
We stole Geoff's hand-painted curb from his studio and used it to secure the 9ft Curb Thief at the gallery space.
The Solitary Arts family wall...
Bob Lake, Jef Hartsel, Yong-Ki Chang and Isaac McKay-Randozzi out front at the SCION Installation L.A. in Culver City.
I don't much believe in the hoo-doo of most popular religions of the world but sometimes just sometimes I think signs do appear to us if we pay attention. The sunglasses in the shadows meant shit was going to be cool on this trip with the Solitary Arts on their first ever mission. Hours later, I'm still in stupification of what an experience it was. Thank you!
Due to some lap top issues - mine is full and broken, I was unable to blog from the road as planned.
- Isaac McKay-Randozzi
Meeting of the Solitarians. Bob, Jef and Yong-Ki (l-r).
Packing Bob's van aka the Mule. Jef Hartsel loads up a box of display items with an energy that lasted all trip. Dude was all smiles.
Bob Lake, driver, pool madman and fellow bearded creep assesses the situation of his Vanagon.
Yong-Ki and Hartsel talk about shapes of the soon to come pro boards for Bob and him.
Rest stop find.
R. Kelly inspired pee-pee art.
We pulled into LA, checked into the hotel then hit a local Indian spot for some good food. Jerky gives me the winds.
Bob checks out one of Jef's set-ups. Even after 3 decades of skating bob is still a kid.
My office, before I realized my computer is utter poop and I need something made after 2003. At least I don't have any flat spots.
Chillin' in the hotel room, thanks Scion!
The next day we hit the gallery and started to get organized, the Quiet Life was right next to use, stoked!!!
The theme of the show was passion projects. Endeavors of artists who do something outside their regular jobs in the industry. The items they have created and that were showcased came from their hearts. Axes to the heart.
Hartsel scopes out the layout.
Bob cuts some paper for layout use.
Quiet Life display items.
Outside I saw this guy.