Skateboarding culture has become a common currency in contemporary art. After all, as street art became entrenched as the modern canon, it was inevitable that many of the artists who had formed in the streets of the entire world would take this imaginary to the walls of galleries and museums. And, in this way, great names such as Haroshi , Raphaël Zarka , Ed Templeton , Cleon Peterson or Shepard Fairey have contributed to skate culture feeding the visual universe of modern art in the same way that literature, for example, fed the painting of past centuries.
Parallel to this ascent of skateboarding, we must consider another ascent that comes a little further: in the last century, above all, architecture has ceased to be mostly a functional craft to take to the street something that had always been reserved for noble classes and the religious caste. In past centuries, only the palaces and cathedrals benefited from the artistic side of architecture, but in recent times a whole set of architects have been concerned with sublimating this art and taking it beyond the functional to an almost divine sphere. What is more like playing God than organizing the space in which humans move?
That said, what happens if we combine the skate culture of the artists mentioned above with the spirit of modern architects like Finn Juhl, Le Corbusier or the Bauhaus? Well, it happens that we have been giving a good circumlocution to get where we are interested: the joint work of Etienne Bouet and Mathieu Claudon . Their work process starts in the sublime black and white photographs with which Claudon immortalizes architectural spaces of a transcendental purity crossed by skaters on the fly figures. From these snapshots, Bouet paints the spaces with large areas of color, erases sections and reduces them to a set of lines that reframe the scene to give them a new meaning.
The result of this joint work has been calling the attention of the contemporary art scene for a long time under the name of Unconcrete Architects . The pun between concrete (concrete), inconcrete and architect makes clear Etienne Bouet and Mathieu Claudon's intention: when they intertwine their respective creative spirits, they do it to honor architecture and skate in their most artistic sense. Or have skaters not always said that skating through space transforms it into something totally different? Well, we are talking about the same thing, but within a frame and hanging on a wall.