THROWBACK THURSDAYS

Kind of a combination of Wipeout Wednesdays and Throwback Thursdays, this clip of Mark Gonzales eating it comes from the 1998 Antihero video. John Cardiel makes it, The Gonz tries it, and…

KALASHNIKOVV GALLERY INTERVIEW

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The Kalashnikovv Gallery is a contemporary South African and international fine art gallery, project space and consultancy, located in Johannesburg. We chat to Murray Turpin, who founded the gallery with Matthew Dean.

The Kalashnikovv Gallery opened in January this year. Why did you decide to open an art gallery?

We decided to open the gallery for various reasons: 1. From a developmental strategy of our satellite gallery concept into a more permanent manifestation. 2. From the lack of galleries showing work we could relate too both aesthetically and theoretically. 3. A lack of galleries I could relate to as an artist as well.

Photo by Matthew Dean

What does the name mean?

Simply put, the name represents a metaphor of sorts for revolution within the white cube construct that most galleries in South Africa adhere to and we hope to a degree to re-articulate and expand upon.

Is there a reason why you located yourself in Joburg? Is the art scene there better than other areas of South Africa? Do people just appreciate art more there?

It’s my home and home is where the art is a.k.a. for now, simple logistics and ease of access to my networks.

Tell us about what’s happening at the moment.

At the moment we have a photographic show by Reshma Chhiba up entitled “The Two Talking Yonis”. To come, we have a concept multimedia show by I Create,We Create entitled “May Johannesburg Bless You”.

Photo by Mooki Mooks. Helmet by Veronika. The Riot Exhibition.

Where do you think South Africa is situated in the global art world? Do you have any comments on the art community in South Africa?

In my opinion, on a rapid upward spiral and as for comments on the community at large… not really. I’m focused on my own practice and gallery as they should be on theirs, for now.

Do you still skate at all? Was skateboarding influential to you in any way?

I don’t really skate anymore. I roll around from time to time though. Skateboarding played a massive roll in my early exploration of art and graphics, from (Ed) Templeton to The Gonz to Stef (Steak) Naudé to Alien Workshop and back again. My first artist feature ever was in Session Magazine back in the day. Shout outs to Stef Naudé and Brendan Body!

Do you create any of your own art?

Yes, I do.

Photo by Matthew Dean

What is art?

Not giving a fuck.

Who are some of your favorite South African artists?

Conrad Botes, Marcel Marcel, Conrad Botha, Athi Patra Ruga, and many more. Those were just the first to come to mind.

What can we expect to see in the gallery in the future?

Only the future knows.

Photo by Marcel Marcel

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THROWBACK THURSDAYS

For Throwback Thursdays, we found this old video of a day in the life of skateboarder, innovator, and artist Mark Gonzales. Hope you enjoyed being shown around New York by The Gonz as much as we did.

GONZ EXHIBITION

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If you’re in Joburg, get down to Area3 for the Gonz exhibition.

It opened on Saturday and runs until 31 July.

NATAS INTERVIEWS GONZ

Legendary skateboarder Natas Kaupas interviews The Gonz (Mark Gonzales) about his 15 years with adidas, along with some other things. Looks like such a rad exhibition.

15 YEARS OF GONZ AND ADIDAS COLLECTION

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15 years is a long time. Mark Gonzales has been a member of the adidas Skateboarding family inspiring, developing and nurturing the skateboarding program for 15 years. To honour this occasion a special collection of footwear and apparel, inspired and created by Gonz’s illustrations and creative mojo has been launched.

GONZ PRO:
The first ever adidas Skateboarding Gonz Pro model features a moulded sock liner, an extra set of laces, the Gonz’ tread pattern and the special blue, red and white design. “The colour inspiration behind the special collection Gonz Pro was to make it red, white and blue and then heavy on the black – much like the wardrobe of the 1700’s of France, like Louis the XIV.” – Mark Gonzales. It’s up to you whether you believe the inspiration it or not…

GONZ SLIP:
Design inspiration for the new Gonz Slip-on came from spending a week in Paris with the man himself. Comfortable, easy-to-wear and made for skateboarding, Gonz’ new shoe features a moulded sock liner and a Gonz designed tread pattern.

GONZ STRIPED OXFORD SHIRT:
This long-sleeve Oxford-style shirt features horizontal yarn-dyed stripes selected by Gonz himself.

GONZ QUILTED JACKET:
Inspired by Gonz’s fascination with Italian rifle jackets, this quilted winter-ready jacket is fully-lined, has corduroy trims and a DWR finish.

GONZ HOODIE:
Made with a colored mélange body and stripes with solid sleeves, this cardigan-inspired hoodie achieves Gonz’s request for a “cool Yale Sweater” and features the Gonz 15-year crest on the left chest and applied 3-Stripes on the sleeves.

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GONZ STRETCH CHINO PANT:
With a design brief to “have enough stretch to kill it skating the streets of Paris” and detailed with custom Gonz trims these chinos not disappoint.

GONZ TRACK TOP:
Mark’s favourite piece is inspired by the classic adidas track top. Built for skating with sweat-wicking climalite® French terry fabric, it blends an iconic silhouette with a contemporary execution.

GONZ POCKET TEE:
Gonz drew a pocket into his artwork, so we made it exactly that way. The graphic is printed on top of the attached pocket making it a truly unique piece of art.

GONZ SKATE KAT TEE:
Showing off Gonz’s original ‘Skate Kat’ graphic in a waterbased screenprint, this tee features custom trims for the full Gonz treatment.

GONZ RAMBLE TEE:
Brand new artwork by the Gonz inspired by the by the opulence of historical French dandyism. It shows off his epic signature and features custom Gonz neck tape and labels.

This collection is tied together with a GONZ SNAP BACK HAT, GONZ CAP & GONZ SOCKS.

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This special 15 Years of Gonz & adidas collection compliments the comprehensive FW13 collection, which is also available. For more information check out the full collection at adidasskateboarding.com