Skateboard Art Show review 

Have you ever seen Jesus Christ on a skateboard? At this one-night stand of a show on Friday, Aug. 7, in the Murphy Building's Studio 8, there were actually two of them; the first one I saw was an image of a triple-faced Christ -- carved on the greenish gray background of an old wooden skateboard -- that was evocative of Eastern Orthodox icons. The artist, Megan Zoeller, makes her living tattooing (as do a number of artists who exhibited here). The painted Jesus by Michael Altman, known locally for using pop culture as a subject in his acrylic on canvas paintings, was a bit more polished. The subjects pursued by the various artists involved in this show (only a few of the hundred-odd boards on display were labeled with artists' names or titles) were extraordinarily varied, ranging from landscapes to the four horsemen of the apocalypse. One skateboard had a faux pair of testis hanging on it. Curator Trevor Patton said that this show was about "using trash for art ... most of the boards in here, some kid skated the hell out of it."

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