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Talking to Jared Steffensen

Tell me about “Mom’s always afraid that I’m going to hurt myself…I usually do.”

I am interested in how to merge skateboarding and art making into a body of work. One that does not rely on the inherent aesthetics found in skateboard culture, i.e. skateboard graphics, company logos, etc., that are generally assumed when an artist chooses skateboarding as their subject matter. I am filtering the act of skateboarding and the objects used to facilitate its practice through the aesthetics of minimalism, video art from the 60’s and 70’s, geometric abstraction, and abstract expressionism to create objects and videos that straddle the perceived line separating skateboarding and art. This allows the works to exist in either world separately or in both simultaneously.



I am using actions, objects, and the residual marks created by the act of skateboarding, that are central to its practice, and translating them into a visual language that is specific to contemporary art. I am also incorporating an important aspect of skateboarding, the ability see the potential of objects, that serve a specific function in ordinary day to day life, to exist beyond their intended function, i.e. handrails, transitioned embankments, curbs, etc. I am further appropriating these actions, objects and marks to facilitate their existence in a gallery setting.

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