The Out Crowd
Wig + Rik Cooper
Kris Ludford (ideal skates)
A series of installations and exhibitions exploring the relationship between art & architecture created by Kris Ludford, Rick Myers, Wig Worland & Rik Cooper, The Outcrowd, Curated and presented by Capsule.
Space Raiders is an installation of skate – able structures that look at the symbiotic relationship between skateboarders and architecture. Featuring a display of specially commissioned ramps and blocks designed to work both as functional skate pieces and aesthetic sculptural forms built in response to the surrounding architecture.
Since 1999 the Capsule duo of Lisa Meyer and Jenny Moore have been busy transforming Birmingham from a cultural backwater to one of the most important ports-of-call on the international experimental music circuit. Champions of all things avant-garde Capsule present a year round programme of live music, events, and exhibitions working with artists such as Shepard Fairey (GIANT) and presenting exhibitions with Lodown Magazine from Berlin and UK Skate Label Unabomber featuring Pete Fowler, Adam Neat and Toby Patterson and many others. Capsule are also the brains behind Supersonic Festival which this year features act such as Psychic TV, Rother & Moebius and Trevor Jackson – 8th & 9th July @ The Custard Factory Birmingham
Rick Myers – FootPrintsInTheSnow
An ongoing personal project charting the artist?s thought processes and creative connections. Rick Myers presents a collection of limited edition posters, screen prints and paper sculptures housed in a portable wooden museum.
The Out Crowd
Initially formed amongst a group of friends, skateboarders, illustrators, image-makers and lurkers. The out crowd has taken on an organic, parasitic growth form, spanning continents and breaking cultural boundaries as more raw creators mutate to survive.
For this exhibition the Outcrowd explore the relationship between cities and their architecture and the way in which skaters interpret these often mundane surroundings to find a more exciting perspective. The city is their playground and inspiration, but it is also their undoing and downfall; broken boards, broken bones and broken dreams. On each broken board are depicted ideas and dreams, taking the destruction and turning it into something hopeful and fun.
Wig Worland & Rik Cooper
Wig Worland had been documenting skateboarding for over 20 years, with pictures now published all over the world. Working in collaboration with Graphic Designer and Skateboarder Rik Cooper, the two have created a series of prints that capture the essence of the skateboarders reliance on architecture as their playground.
This project is happening during Architecture Week and is a public celebration of contemporary architecture.