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10AND5 CREATIVES VOL. 04: THE COUNTER CULTURE AESTHETICS OF SKATEBOARDING WITH JARED AUFRICHTIG AND LIVIA SCHNEIDER

10AND5 CREATIVES is a spotlight series that seeks to highlight the best of what local talent has to offer, covering everything from the creation of local graphic novels to celebrating creatives who live fearlessly and authentically. 

This week we caught up with Jared Aufrichtig and Livia Schneider, both dynamic visual artists who co-curated the community-centred exhibition, Motion bandits. We zone into their curatorial thinking, and look into the counter-culture aesthetics of skateboarding. Read the interview below:

Who are you?

Jared Aufrichtig is a process and experience-based multidisciplinary fine artist, predominantly based in South Africa, and originally from L.A. – his most recent public-spirted project has been co-curating Motion bandits with Livia Schneider, a Michaelis fine art student and co-founder of Leap Collective. Schneider is inspired by expressive creativity, community building and breaking boundaries. The nature of her art practice allows for her to engage in creative collaboration as well as initiating and organizing creative events. The two artists’ common and unifying goals for curating this show, pay homage to the community in various ways.

How did this project initiative begin?

This project initiative began during Lock down – through a series of social events I was a part of at The City Bowl Park called Skate and create. My close friend and fellow skater, Dallas Oberholzer, asked me to art direct a mural garden and elevate the space. The Skate and Create events made some serious waves and brought together an awesome community of artists and creatives. 

How did you get into curation?

I got into curation from an early stage in my career – I would include my friends and contemporaries in my own curated exhibitions. For this exhibition, I met Liv as one of the mural artists for the Skate and create events. She is a talented artist and good human being, who was ready for the initiative of working on this exhibition together. 

Walk us through your curatorial process.

Most of the time, I invite my friends to contribute whose artwork or process I admire and appreciate. I also take into consideration the aesthetic or sub-culture being expressed by the project or exhibition. I was already planning to have a skateboard art exhibition – Motion bandits at The GalleryOne11 is the first of three fundraising initiatives I am working on with Ladles of love. Through creative fundraising, charity auctions and many donated artworks, I have now raised over one million rand for the numerous charities I have worked with globally. Ladles of love is an amazing charity organization feeding people across South Africa during a time of major need.

What is Motion bandits?

Motion Bandits represents the idea of owning your creativity. Whether you are into skateboarding, art, fashion or any subculture for that matter, we are the people arresting motion and paving the way. I was able to organise Red Bull, Vans, Jack Black beer and Board Hub as sponsors for this exhibition – and as a conclusion to the show, we will be hosting an award-winning skateboard documentary screening of Iamthalente, a day after the exhibition closing date which is Sunday, 24 October 2021.

How has your life inspired your art practice and community-based work?

After immersing myself in the high end art world, and travelling to different parts of the globe, I found it necessary and enjoyable to dedicate my time and energy to creating positive change through community-based projects.

How did you choose which artists to exhibit in this exhibition?

Most of the exhibiting artists are close friends I’ve known for years. Some of them are up-and-coming artists I’ve recently met through The City Bowl Park events. Either way, I try and create the opportunity for them, and then see who takes the initiative and capitalizes on the opportunity with effort and style.

How did you find the relationship of skateboarding’s counter-culture aesthetic being exhibited in an art gallery space?

The purpose was to celebrate skateboarding and it’s aesthetic with a like-minded community, while elevating the work to an art gallery level. The juxtaposition is perfect, and was exactly what we were going for. We wanted to create a more interactive environment for people to relate and identify with fine art and creativity through a different perspective and approach. The subculture of skateboarding is one that has shaped the identity and view of many of the most influential creative minds of our time. 

What is the story that you wanted to tell viewers with this exhibition?

Hopefully they are tempted to build their own stories and ideas after being exposed to this exhibition and project. The narrative is a rich and deep one that allows them to experience the beauty and freedom of expression and skateboarding. We have also raised a good deal of money for an amazing charity, Ladles Of Love, with skateboard art. In itself, this is a huge win that South Africa hasn’t seen before.

Tell me about your connection to the skateboarding community?

I have been a skateboarder and surfer since before I can remember – thanks to my influences and upbringing. My godfather is Shaun Tomson and he gave me my first proper skateboard for my eighth or ninth birthday. Skateboarding represents so many things and brings together so many like-minded people. I recently saw this quote, on some public art in a skate park in the middle of America, “Skateboarding owes you nothing, you owe everything to Skateboarding“.

If you could collaborate or work with one of your creative influences, who would it be?

Eish, tough one… Alive or no longer with us? I’ll give you 5 of each, but there are so many more! From the deceased: Cy Twombly, Marcel Duchamp, Joan Miró, RAMMELLZEE and of course Jean-Michel Basquiat. But I cannot forget Lee “Scratch” Perry, MF Doom and Miki Dora. And alive: RISK , SEEN, Jenny Saville, George Condo, José Parlá and many more! 

The Motion Bandits exhibition will be up until Saturday 23rd October and by appointment through Nov.1 at @galleryone11 -111 Loop Street 

Digital Catalogue online at – https://www.galleryone11.com/

Written by: Lianca Heemro



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