Ey Up Keith Harrison
Very few artists have been able to produce works or projects that incorporate skateboarding into their process or outcome that are embraced or appreciated by skateboarders ourselves – we can be quite fickle when it comes to these sort of things. I first became aware of Keith’s work through one such project, one that was embraced, and one I was jealous not be able to participate in (i.e. to skate it). It had a sensibility that always made me wonder if he himself was also a skateboarder, and was pleasantly impressed when finally being able to speak with him to learn that in fact he wasn’t. However, there is an interesting parallel in the way he embraces trial and error, failure, and ultimately risk taking in the way he approaches his work. It was also a pleasure to learn of the deeper, more personal significance behind many of his often quite spectacular works.
Keith Harrison is currently exhibiting in Material Environments at The Tetley, Leeds.