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Skewville Twins “Amusement” in San Francisco

Posted on April 13, 2013

Skewville are amusing themselves in the gallery today. Amused, bemused. Bee-schmoozed.

Even though we haven’t seen much cryptic sarcasm or wooden sneakers from these wiseguys on the streets lately, you can be sure that the wonder wheels have been turning inside their heads, and in the studio.

Here’s proof. “Amusement” is their second solo show at White Walls on the left coast and here for your visual delight you will see that the twins from Queens are taking their handmade creations seriously up a notch, expanding on the 3-dimensional fabrications they’ve toyed with during their decade and a half on the street and in the gallery.

 

Skewville “Amusment” White Walls Gallery. San Francisco, CA. (photo © Brock Brake)

It’s not so much a re-imagined past as a hands-on reworking of nostalgic childhood memories that the twins share. Imagery and tropes swirling from the insincere flash of entertainment culture from the 70s and 80s that now look reassuringly and pleasantly simplistic and obvious compared to the subterraneal lies of a digital world fully integrated with commercialism.

With a knowing wink and charming smile, this is the wheelhouse they return to and rework – the circus barker, the card dealer, the flickering lights, blaring hand painted signs, the double meaning promises and smooth sleights of hand – they all get painted, cut, sanded, pounded, welded, drilled and wired together and fused with street humor in a pleasingly balanced package for your consumption. It’s amusing really.

With very special thanks to photographer and BSA contributor Brock Brake for sharing these exclusive photos for BSA readers. Also check out his video of the installation at the end of the posting!

Skewville “Amusment” White Walls Gallery. San Francisco, CA. (photo © Brock Brake)

Skewville “Amusment” White Walls Gallery. San Francisco, CA. (photo © Brock Brake)

Skewville “Amusment” White Walls Gallery. San Francisco, CA. (photo © Brock Brake)

Skewville “Amusment” White Walls Gallery. San Francisco, CA. (photo © Brock Brake)

Skewville “Amusment” White Walls Gallery. San Francisco, CA. (photo © Brock Brake)

Skewville “Amusment” White Walls Gallery. San Francisco, CA. (photo © Brock Brake)

Skewville “Amusment” White Walls Gallery. San Francisco, CA. (photo © Brock Brake)

Skewville “Amusment” White Walls Gallery. San Francisco, CA. (photo © Brock Brake)

For more information for “Amusement” click here.

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