Swapping stilletos for sneakers the Betties headed to the Converse & Monster Children’s O Encontro Dos Rios art show last night. Opening at the Monster Children Gallery on Thursday, the show incorporates photos taken by Jonathon Mehring and the Converse Skateboarders Kenny Anderson & Raymond Millinar.
The group spent three weeks on a skate trip traversing through the extremities of the Amazon region of Brazil. Converse Australia’s Marketing Coordinator Cam noted to me – “Interesting place to skate, Brazil. There is a lot of grass.” Well noted Cam! And whilst there are impressive skate-shots featured, the overall impression you are left with from the show is more than kick-flips* and grinding* (referring to the skate move pervs, not the sexual movement.)
Stunning images of the beautiful Amazon River and discerning perceptions of locals, make for a striking portrayal of their experiences. Slightly grainy, hazy photos are reminiscent of the humid Amazon, afternoon siestas and the rich South American culture. My personal favourites were the beautiful shots taken with an old-school Polaroid, whose aged film translated the story behind the photographs in a way that a digital camera just can’t meet.
Thankyou to Converse and the peeps at the Monster Children Gallery – you have me thinking of tequila & jungles. In that order.
For those less skate familiar thank Wikkipedia -
* The kickflip (originally magic flip) is a skateboarding flip trick where the skater flicks his/her front foot at at an angle toward the nose of the skateboard in order to make it flip 360 degrees along the board’s axis.
* Grinds are a form of skateboarding trick where the skateboarder slides on the hangers of the trucks. Grinds are performed on any object that may fit between the space between the wheels where the truck meets.
Opening Night – Thursday 25th November from 6pm
Show Continues – Friday 26th November – Saturday 4th Decemeber
The Monster Children Gallery 20 Burton St, Darlinghurst