ARTIST STATEMENT

CHAD MUSKA

www.muskavision.com

BIO:

Chad Muska (born May 20, 1977) is an American professional skateboarder and entrepreneur. In November 2012, Skin Phillips (Editor-in-chief of Transworld SKATEboarding magazine) described Muska as “one of the most marketable pros skateboarding has ever seen”.

2013–present: “Transitions” art show, Skytop IV, Supra Mexico store
In addition to introducing a new version of the Berrics indoor skateboard facility in early 2013, Muska appeared on numerous occasions as a referee for the sixth installment of the Battle at the Berricscontest series, run by The Berrics website.

Muska partnered with the New Image Arts gallery to open his first-ever solo art exhibition, titled “Transitions,” in June 2013. Muska explained:

… I set up this space. It was sort of a concept space for me and just a trial thing to bring a lot of people together from skaters to photographers, to artists and designers, directors, architects – I mean all these different people in one space and I wanted to encourage creativity. There was a big 20ft wall with supplies and it was a non-stop changing graffiti wall. So anybody that came I encouraged them to paint, interact with each other, have a good time and then my work was being created there and displayed there as well and people came and saw that and asked me to do the show, and that’s how it happened.

The press release for the show explained the title’s origins: “The title of Chad’s first show … is a word that not only stems from the curved surfaces skateboarders ride on in pools, parks, and ramps, but it’s also a reference to the skateboard lifestyle which is defined by movement from place to place, and from one state of mind to the next.”

Supra expanded into Mexico in 2014, and Muska opened the brand’s store in Mexico City in November/December. He designed a custom sculpture to reflect city’s history—titled “El Sol, La Luna, Y Más Allá,” the sculpture was installed as a permanent fixture in the store.

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