The Skateroom has unveiled two limited edition collections with artists Ai Weiwei and Shepard Fairey, in response to the first 100 days of Donald Trump as President of the United States.
The Skateroom invites contemporary artists to create limited edition artworks on skateboards. In doing so The Skateroom supports art institutions and non-profit projects that empower children through skateboarding and art.
Launching today, during Art Market in San Francisco (27 – 30 April 2017), The Skateroom has teamed up with contemporary Chinese artist and political activist Ai Weiwei for the second time, to launch a limited edition deck of his influential artwork Study of Perspective: The White House.
Study of Perspective: The White House is an iconic example of a larger body of work by Ai Weiwei that melds art and activism, and is an overt critical response to the current political climate in the United States.
Study of Perspective, a series of images shot between 1995 and 2003, shows the artist flipping the finger against different buildings across the globe, either landmarks or symbols of authority. The gesture, captured using a snapshot aesthetic, confronts its viewer with a universal and concise statement of Ai Weiwei’s political opposition.
There’s a second collaboration with LA-based street artist, graphic designer and activist Shepard Fairey. For this, Shepard Fairey has adapted one of his existing artworks; ‘No Future’, which denounces the hate-speech and propaganda delivered to an often uninformed or misinformed public. Fariey has been active in denouncing the antagonising and fearmongering vision of the new presidency through a poster campaign entitled “We The People” launched with the Amplifier Foundation on Donald Trump’s inauguration day.