Artist Network Program

ANP

Artist Network Program

THE RVCA ARTIST NETWORK PROGRAM, COMMONLY REFERRED TO AS THE ANP, IS AN ONGOING PROGRAM WHICH AIMS TO SHOWCASE THE TALENT OF ACCOMPLISHED AS WELL AS UNKNOWN ARTISTS WHO INSPIRE OUR GENERATION AND PUSH THE BOUNDARIES OF CREATIVITY; PROVIDING SOMETHING OF SUBSTANCE AND CULTURE.

TO RVCA, AN ARTIST IS NOT SOMEONE WHO JUST PAINTS A PICTURE, OR WRITES A SONG, BUT SOMEONE WHO IS DEDICATED TO SHARING WITH THE WORLD THEIR LIFE, EMOTIONS AND SOUL THROUGH INNOVATIVE AND CREATIVE IDEAS. RVCA AND THE ANP WERE DEVELOPED TO SHAKE THE VERY FOUNDATIONS OF THE BUSINESS, BY GIVING BACK TO THE ARTISTS AND PROVIDING A VOICE FOR THEIR CREATIVE GROWTH.



Exhibitions

KUSP

Kusp is a collaboration between Ari Browne, Joshua Keogh, and JJ Stanbrook. The exhibition is a composite of finless surfboards, acrylic paintings, video, and 35mm photography.

Our pursuits were purely in the name of progress, not perfection. Whilst adhering to popular performance ideas, the surfboards follow a trajectory far different to other surfboard design.

The surfboards on show are a rarity in that they move away from typical design processes and start to voluntarily move towards exploring the unknown outer precipice or cusp of surfboard design.

Typically in surfboard design function outweighs form. Our aim was to invert this relationship and explore the dynamics that occurs when Form (the appearance of the surfboard) is placed as the priority over function (the performance of the surfboard). Unsurprisingly the resulting surfboard identify firstly as sculptural objects and secondly as surfboards.

Surprisingly however, no quantifiable sacrifice or detriment to performance was apparent. This is due to the clinical approach josh took when shaping the surfboards. Seamlessly harmonising performance and aesthetics. “The boards were well and truly operating in the performance window” Testifies Ari Browne. They all worked amazingly well.” “However,” continues Ari, “My paintings are a different story.”

The paintings strive to inform and embellish the surfboards. They support one another. Hopefully creating a flow of information between surfboard and painting. A relationship where the painting is revealing, and or, concealing something about the surfboard, and vice versa. The paintings are a direct response to the physical appearance of the surfboard, and also the sensations, memories, and feelings experienced whilst ridding them in the Atlantic ocean.

Stanbrook’s short film is a work of art in its own rights. In terms of the show, the short film acts as the glue that binds experience to surfboard, surfboard to place, and painting to surfboard. The film also gave us the opportunity to tell a story of adventure, fun, and of course, lordish behaviour. Stanbrook’s Knack for story telling and humour are at work as he depicts a washed up idiot, Ari Browne, who, plays himself a he minces around the exotic Moroccan coastline. Lastly the film showcases the exceptional performance attributes of the ten finless surfboards.

KUSP Gallery Opening Reception
RVCA Back Gallery, 30 Jonson Street, Byron Bay
Thursday 22nd February, 5pm to 7pm
Thank you to Stone & Wood for the opening night beers.

KUSP Video Premiere
Byron Bay Surf Festival's Sunset Cinema @ Denning Park.
Friday 23rd February, from 7pm

KUSP Portal
There will also be a small Kusp portal (including paintings, photos and a surfboard) on display as part of the Byron Bay Surf Festival's Art Markets at Denning Park.
Saturday 24th February, 9am to 5pm in the shapers area.

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ANP Quarterly

ANP Quarterly Vol 2 / No 9

We are pleased to announce the release of the latest issue of ANP Quarterly, the printed magazine of RVCA’s Artist Network Program. Now, in publication for over a decade, ANP Quarterly has always landed on the leading edge of popular culture, looking beyond what’s hip and focusing on the creative world through our singular lens. Our new issue Volume 2/Number 9, continues this tradition. ANP Quarterly is available for free at a number of galleries & retailers.

In this issue, Features include photographer Jesper Haynes, who documented the 1980s New York art/club scene in stunning black and white; a retrospective interview with artist/designer Susan Cianciolo who many claim single-handedly invented ‘90s deconstructed fashion; as well as a profile on Kevin Ancell, Venice Z-Boy turned painter, interviewed by fellow Dog Towner Jim Muir. Emma Reeves sat down with photographer Cheryl Dunn to speak about her storied career; we spoke to artist Nathaniel Mary Quinn; and entered the wild world of dynamic brother/sister duo Mike and Natalie Krim. We also delve into the world of some of the world’s most unique, up and coming contemporary galleries, go deep into the archives of 1980s LA Punk magazine Slash, and play fly on the wall at a panel discussion on 1990s LA Party Crews with Guadalupe Rosales, helmer of the mind-blowing Instagram feed Veteranas & Rucas. And that’s just the beginning! Pick up a copy because there’s so much more in the issue than we’re able to list here.

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