The world-renowned artist Paul McCarthy, who is represented in MoMA's collection, is a fearless, subversive and ruthless commentator on contemporary Western culture. He works in a wide variety of media, often exploring the idea of the artist-protagonist through American cultural mythology. In this unique collaboration with The Skateroom, the artist created 10 skateboard decks with images from his work PROPO. McCarthy says: "Between 1972 - 1983, I did a series of performances that involved masks, bottles, pans, uniforms, dolls, stuffed animals, etc. After the performances, these objects were either left behind or they were collected and stored in suitcases and trunks to be used in future performances. In 1983, the closed suitcases and trunks containing these performance objects were stacked on a table and exhibited as sculpture. In 1991, I opened the suitcases and trunks and photographed each item. The group of photographs in their entirety was titled PROPO."
Each of the 10 skate decks features a different image from the PROPO works and is a limited and numbered edition of 250. The first 35 editions are reserved for the Signed Collector's Set in a custom flight case.
The proceeds from this project are intended to entirely fund international NGO Skateistan's skateboarding, education and culture center for vulnerable youth in Johannesburg, South Africa. Skateistan began as a grassroots project on the streets of Kabul in 2007, and is now an award-winning, international NGO with projects in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa. Skateistan is the first international development initiative to combine skateboarding with educational outcomes.
The Skateroom is a platform for promoting, selling and producing art on skateboards that supports youth-empowering organizations.
Wheels and trucks are not included. Mounting hardware is included. Decks are available in a blue or purple color assortment, which will be chosen at random. Made in France.