White Walls is pleased to present Amusement, a solo show by Brooklyn-based twin
brother duo, Skewville. Join us for the opening reception Saturday, April 13, from 7-
11pm. The exhibit will be free and open to the public for viewing through May 4, 2013.
Made up of 30 artworks on a mix of wood canvases and found materials like vintage
Coca-Cola signage, an old school bingo board amid large installation pieces,
Amusement is the product of Skewville’s distinct ‘urban playground’ style, driven by the
colors and textures of citylife, with a carnival twist. Nostalgia threads its way through the
show with references to the duos’ childhood growing up in Queens, New York City. A
merry-go-round built from retro Apollo bikes (the kind of bikes the twins rode as kids)
will take center stage, based on sheer size, and a few pieces painted on mirrors and old
luggage keep pace with a traveling circus theme though street accessories like a
parking meter and “walk”/”don’t walk” signs keep the show firmly in Skewville territory.
Paintings of block type and geometric humanoids imply a commentary on man’s
relationship to his rigid urban environment, and diagrammatic compositions recall
factory production lines. As always, levity and imagination fuel the artists’ creations
making Amusement a chance to see into a realm where cityscapes become more
The term Skewville applies to both an artist duo comprised of twin brothers Ad and
Droo, as well as the psychogeographic location they reference in their art. Skewville is
best known for their wooden sneakers that serve as an illusionistic response to
contemporary urban landscapes, customarily strewn over power lines. Skewville is
based in Brooklyn, though their street art appears in cities throughout the world.
White Walls Gallery has worked for a decade to exist as the premiere destination for
urban art in the Bay Area. Combined with the Shooting Gallery and two project spaces,
this 5,000 sq ft space is one of the largest galleries on the west coast. Justin Giarla
founded the gallery with a commitment to furthering the urban art movement, drawing
directly from street art and graffiti culture. Named for its plain white walls, the gallery
takes a backseat to the real focus: the work of our artists.
Amusement by Skewville
Opening Reception – April 13, 2013, 7-11 pm
On View Through May 04, 2013
@ White Walls (whitewallssf.com)
886 Geary, San Francisco, CA
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