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george peterson: recycled skateboard sculpture

Self-taught sculptor George Peterson is a lifelong skateboarder. In Peterson’s most recent Lingo series he carves, burns and paints discarded skateboards, transforming the modern icon into primitive shield-like sculptures.  I was struck by the way a grouping of boards can make a powerful statement on a wall.

 

Lingo, reclaimed skateboards, carved, painted, waxed

Lingo,  reclaimed skateboards, carved, painted, waxed

Lingo, reclaimed skateboards, carved, painted, waxed

As I’ve mentioned before on DAM, every now and then when I first come across an artist’s work through thumbnail images my perception of the work is entirely different than the reality. This was the case with Peterson’s skateboards. At first glance I assumed I was looking at brooches and then quickly realized they were sculptures. I like the idea of translating these primitive shapes and designs into jewelry.

Lingo,  reclaimed skateboards, carved, painted, waxed

The Lingo series is Peterson’s first attempt at using all recycled wood. Most of his sculpts, like Moonrise (seen below), are created from whole logs using chainsaws, hammers, chisels and fire axes.

Moonrise

For me, the adventure and challenge of sculpting lies in focusing on the natural tension and drama I find in the wood, and in contrasting and complimenting that drama with my expressive mark as an artist. I channel a lot of destructive energy into my art. George Peterson

 

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