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Art September, 7 2010

Anselm Reyle for Mekanism Skateboards

For its unique project of 2010, Mekanism gave carte blanche to German artist Anselm Reyle.

“For his project for Mekanism, Anselm Reyle applied several thin layers of spray painted neon pink and added two different mudstone coloured paints before the boards were covered with a two-component lacquer, giving a shiny surface. In these works the boundary between the slickness of the neon pink and the roughness of the brown paints – resembling mud, sand or dirt – is blurred by the lacquer. Glossy and matt, fl ashy and dark, slick and rough are now inextricably intertwined. But beyond the contradiction of colours and textures, the artist is contrasting our prospect of neon pink as a colour used for posters of the punk and the psychedelic scene in the 70s and 80s with the mudstone colours applied in post war gestural abstract paintings, notably in Abstract Expressionism and Art Informel.”

The Anselm Reyle deck series consists of 50 skateboards, each signed and numbered by the artist.

More images of the process and the decks follow after the jump.

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