“While in the Hoxton area, we scooted along to the Arthouse, 168 Pitfield Street, London, N1 for ‘A Surface In Between,’ a group exhibition of ‘skate culture’ (oxymoron, ed.?) that runs until Friday 7 June.”
“Not being baggy-trousered ourselves, we left it to more foolhardy souls to catch the truly suicidal half-pipe-cum-ramp combo.”
Words: Daryl Mersom | Pics: Courtesy of Rich Holland
Over the last decade skateable architecture has popped up in Malmö, Copenhagen, Oslo, Espoo, and Tallinn, to name just a few places. But as the above laughable review of ‘A Surface In Between’ reminds us, the construction of skateable architecture first gained traction in 00’s London. The Side Effects of Urethane consisted of a small group of London skaters, which included Rich Holland and Landscape’s Toby Shuall, amongst others.
Whilst they were building progressive asymmetrical obstacles that were made to resemble 3D computer renderings (especially when placed within the open space of the white cube), contemporary reviewers were stuck using language straight out of the 90’s (“baggy-trousered” and “half-pipe-cum-ramp combo”), somewhat missing the significance of the events.