Pumps In The Trunks | VASF Photography Exhibition

The opening reception for The Pumps In The Trunk photography exhibition was Friday, March 16th at the RVCA San Francisco flagship store. It was a fun event that brought people together around one of California’s oldest passions. Natalie Aleman, Matthew Bajda, Emmanuel Blackwell, Nick Jasso, and Rully each shared a personal view of their love of cars and the communities surrounding that passion. The raffle at the end of the night was a success in which people could walk away with prints of their own, and one lucky winner won a camera -- our hopes are that prize will inspire them to start shooting photos.

Special thanks to Tim Diet for providing the soundtrack for the evening, Pabst Blue Ribbon for the cold ones, and the crew at RVCA VASF.

Event photography by Rachel Rothstein


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.

Fuck Knows || Opening At Monster Children

Late December we where stoked to have a one night installation, "Fuck Knows" from RVCA Special Edition Artists Will Lynes, Nathan Pickering, and Rick ‘Four Eyes’ Vaughan at our good friends over at Monster Children.

Returning to work the following Monday, the Monster Children crew were blessed to find not only the remaining art hanging on the walls awaiting their collection, but the evidence of Four Eyes’ decision to beautify the bathroom walls (If the MC landlord is reading this please direct all complaints to rickvaughan@gmail.com).

Eye Witness Exhibition

The photographic medium is a conduit for the lived and the learnt, experience and imagined, ‘Eye Witness’ is an exploration into the truth as known from the photographers viewpoint from a range of local and international contributing artists. Curated by RVCA Special Edition Artist Michael Danischewski.

Exhibition Details
Opening at 6pm on Friday 19th of January
RVCA Corner Gallery, 82 Stanley St, Collingwood
Gallery Hours: 11am - 4pm (Fri - Sat -Sun)

Thank You to Melbourne Bitter, Thirds Fine Printing & Kayell Australia For Supporting This Exhibition

Alex Knost | Form & Void

The opening reception for Form & Void by RVCA Advocate Alex Knost shown at the T-Hart Hall in Japan on October 13th, 2017. Movie by LIQID, song by Glitterbust. Photos by Lui Araki.

Strange Oasis

We are super excited to announce 'Strange Oasis', an exhibition of new works by Elliott Routledge.

In this new body of work, Elliott shows us why he’s known for making bold, harmonious and colourful statements on canvas. There is a sense of child like familiarity to these paintings, using his recognisable palette of colour with the addition of new images and symbolism to further extend his fascination with popular iconography.

The exhibition, which features a series of painted canvas works and a large installation, lays out the ideas of contemporary ideology and belief. A sense of something beyond all the noise and clutter of life that could be. The idea that maybe with all of these things, there is an ideal Oasis we seek to become more comfortable with existence. A place filled with treasures which make up who we are.

‘Strange Oasis’ will see Elliott bring this new body of work to the RVCA Corner Gallery in Melbourne. It will be his second ever solo show in Melbourne and will be open to the public for free.

Benjamin Jean Jean | True Stories Paris

Launching the third edition of ‘TRUE STORIES’ and first book release from the growing project, RVCA was proud to gather a community of artists, skaters, creatives and amateurs at CLASSIC book store in Paris this past Friday. In presence of artist and project initiator Benjamin Jeanjean, a longtime global ANP artist, the Paris happening allowed for a nice mix of profiles, personalities and authentic art amateurs.

« It’s pretty impressive and encouraging to see people come and learn about the project, » Jeanjean said. « These artworks and book are just the start of something way bigger I believe, as the refugee topic pretty much exists everywhere around the globe. Hopefully, we take this beyond and I hope we can bring in tens of artists to join and deliver their own take on the topic to make it a big-scale group show in the short term. »

The inititaive started in Vienna (AUT), after Jeanjean spent over a month living and learning with various refugees to deeply understand their experiences and tranlsate it all into refined, detailed custom illustrations. That first moment naturally took the artist to add work and artworks to the first chapter and hit Bordeaux (FRA), before producing a first book ‘TRUE STORIES : Vol. I ALI’ that was launched in Paris Friday.

« A book is always a great item to gather both stories and illusrations, to really take the time to transcribe those experiences and have something that stays on your hands, » RVCA Marketing’s Greg Puget said. «We are really proud to support Benjamin’s work and vision, and RVCA really is that unique brand that allows to commit to such beautiful, committed deep art projects. Definitely looking at the next stages on how we help the artist reach a wider audience because his project deserves more. »

A first happening in a long time in Paris, it was a great re-launch for the brand in the French capital, a project that naturally cals in for some soon-to-come new moments for the community.

Spring-Time 2.0

RVCA is pleased to present for the second year, Spring-Time, a group show curated by ANP Artist Melissa Grisancich .

Featuring a collection of works from nineteen women Artists, creating the works they are the most deeply driven to make in their chosen medium.

Works will consist of painting, ceramics, collage, sculpture, needlecraft and print. Artists contributing range from Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, Japan and Denmark.

Grisancich wants to celebrate those who came before, and who will come after by bringing together a community of her own at the RVCA Corner Gallery.

Contributing Artists: Min Pin, Madeline Simm, Beci Orphin, Esther Olsson, Vivienne La, Caitlin Shearer, Fiona Simmons, Hayley O'Connor, Ellie King, Elise Grace Wilken, Louise Kyriakou, Alice Oehr, Nathalia Suizu, Elisa Bryant Jones, Dylan Foley, Claire Johnson, Katie Eraser, Melissa Grisancich.

Video & Stills: Michael Danischewski.

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