SKATEBOARD SERIES 2021 | Alex Face

18.09–31.10.2021

In WE ARE ALL EQUALS UNDER THESE DIFFERENCES, Alex Face presents a new body of works executed on skateboard decks. Created while on a trip to the coastal town of Khao Lak, Thailand, scenes of sunbathing and a diversity of skin tones led the artist to ruminate on divisions drawn across human societies based on skin colour alone.

 

Through the creation of these works, the artist sought to express his sentiments pertaining to prejudices drawn along racial lines, a topic of global concern that should be paid greater attention. Rather than adhering to illegitimate notions and the simplistic equation of darkness with evil and brightness with good, he advocates for an embracing of diversity instead.

 

Regarding every skateboard deck as an individual portrait, the artist has imbued each piece with unique features and characteristics reflective of the different moods and emotions people experience. Coming together in a fashion not dissimilar to the feel good Benetton ad campaigns of yore, the body of work imagines a united human race regardless of race, creed, and colour.

AVAILABLE ARTWORKS

Alex Face | Stressed out | 2021 | Oil and spray paint on skateboard deck | 20 x 80 x 0.8 cm | © 2021 Alex Face

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Alex Face | Move | 2021 | Oil and spray paint on skateboard deck | 20 x 80 x 0.8 cm | © 2021 Alex Face

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Alex Face | Doubt | 2021 | Oil and spray paint on skateboard deck | 20 x 80 x 0.8 cm | © 2021 Alex Face

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Alex Face | Silent | 2021 | Oil and spray paint on skateboard deck | 20 x 80 x 0.8 cm | © 2021 Alex Face

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Alex Face | Curious | 2021 | Oil and spray paint on skateboard deck | 20 x 80 x 0.8 cm | © 2021 Alex Face

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Alex Face | Pleasure | 2021 | Oil and spray paint on skateboard deck | 20 x 80 x 0.8 cm | © 2021 Alex Face

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Alex Face | Angsty | 2021 | Oil and spray paint on skateboard deck | 20 x 80 x 0.8 cm | © 2021 Alex Face

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Alex Face | Traumatic | 2021 | Oil and spray paint on skateboard deck | 20 x 80 x 0.8 cm | © 2021 Alex Face

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Alex Face | Spring | 2021 | Oil and spray paint on skateboard deck | 20 x 80 x 0.8 cm | © 2021 Alex Face

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Alex Face | Thirsty | 2021 | Oil and spray paint on skateboard deck | 20 x 80 x 0.8 cm | © 2021 Alex Face

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

ALEX FACE

 

b. 1981, Chachoengsao, Thailand
Lives and works in Bangkok

 

Alex Face (Patcharapon Tangruen) is a Thai graffiti artist who manoeuvres in the public space to provoke thoughts from city dwellers. His street art has grown boundless in public areas of Thailand as much as in other cities overseas. His significant fame came in 2009 when he has become a father of a daughter, concerned about the becoming world in which she will live. Alex introduced a three-eyed child dressed a ragged rabbit suit, inspired by his daughter, Mardi, who has sometimes her eyes closed, and gives passerby a sense of weary vulnerability and wry look.