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Legendary photographer, Miki Vuckovich, just released his first book, a collection of his black and white film images from his world travels between 1983–2001, many captured in the pre- and post-Soviet Eastern Bloc. The 6″ x 9″ The Atom Bomb And Other Pleasant Dreams is available on Move Elore Press and it is an artistic triumph that transcends skateboarding and borders.

By Miki Vuckovich

STILL LIFE with wood: Skateboard Photography Show 1.7.12

LAGUNA BEACH, CA:  

STILL LIFE with wood

SKATEBOARD PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW

ARTISTS RECEPTION: SATURDAY, JAN. 7, 2012

Grant Brittain, Dave Swift, Miki Vuckovich, James Cassimus, Atiba Jefferson, Jon Humphries, Jay Croft

Music by el mysterioso

When a group of legends deemed the “Monsters of Skate” are knocking on your door, you better take notice. Thus begins 2012 at AR4T Gallery. We are proud to begin the year with a group photography show documenting 20-plus years of skate culture through the lens of its creators.

Still Life - quite an accomplishment when the subject is insanely more active than a bowl of fruit. Add the sidekick of wood in the form of a skateboard, mix in what Lee Crane of Boardistan calls “some of the best men to ever point highly polished glass at a rolling slab of maple”, and you have history. Dave Swift, Grant Brittain, Miki Vuckovich, Jon Humphries, James Cassimus and Atiba Jefferson bring images that reflect their own personal journeys both in and out of skateboarding.

This group is famous for the photos that have shaped the look and feel of skateboarding over the years - and thus the entire world as we know it from fashion to function. But the real testament is how they’ve remained a close knit team the entire time. Each of them has a arsenal of stories that make them the characters they are - silent powerhouses behind the lens, and they all speak freely about leader and luminary, Grant Brittain.  “As the 80s turned to the 90s I was fortunate to work alongside J. Grant Brittain and learn about photography and was soon traveling the world taking photographs of skateboarders,” says Dave Swift. Miki Vuckovich: “Like Grant says, be sure to learn all the "rules” of photography before you break them.“

AR4T is also proud to have the art of Jay Croft alongside this acclaimed roster. Simply… “this feels better.”

The opening reception, Saturday January 7th, will welcome the music of the man… the myth… the rider in black…. el mysterioso.

“STILL LIFE WITH WOOD” runs January 5-22 at AR4T GALLERY, 210 North Coast Hwy. (between Broadway and Cliff), Laguna Beach, CA. Opening reception on Saturday, Jan. 7th from 7 to 10pm, is free and open to the public. Parking Meters free after 7pm. Works are for sale. Winter gallery hours: Wed-Sat 3 to 8pm. www.AR4T.com. 


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AR4T GALLERY 
Gallery: 210 North Coast Hwy. 
Laguna Beach, CA 92651 USA