Michael Sieben and "It Will All Happen Again"
It Will All Happen Again
Skateboard artist Michael Sieben kicked off his latest solo exhibition "It Will All Happen Again" at the Visual Arts Center at the University of Texas at Austin. Sieben's most ambitious solo exhibition to date combines seven huge paintings, a full-size skate clubhouse, quarterpipe, campfire, animation theater and wall rides.
"It Will All Happen Again" is a line from "Peter Pan" and the title of Michael Sieben's artist in residence exhibition at the Visual Arts Center at the University of Texas. The rotten quarterpipe and clubhouse palleted with Dr. Seuss colors was constructed from reclaimed woods with the help of local craftsman and fellow skater Adam Young.
The clubhouse is a fantasy land turned reality skate shack for Sieben, who always dreamed of creating and living in such a place as a skate grom. The clubhouse is stacked full of Michael's personal collection of childhood and adult relics, skate artifacts, zines and a twin bed with a quilt made of T-shirts he has illustrated for various commercial companies over the years, sewed by local seamstress friend Pearly Rihn.
That is a twin bed, TV and VHS player with classic skate videos that play throughout the day.
"I began conceptualizing the exhibition by returning to aspects of my childhood, specifically a childhood fantasy I had in which I live underneath a skateboard ramp," says Sieben. Here we have a collection of his personal relics stacked in the clubhouse.
A mini drive-in theater plays a hand-painted animation tale of "The Dwellers," a gangly cast of imaginary characters of Sieben's twisted comical imagination. The tale of "The Dwellers" was animated by Volcom art director and friend Mike Aho, and narrated by Will Oldham.
Sieben leads a do-it-yourself zine-making workshop at the Visual Arts Center, open to the public and students. Participants learned everything necessary for the making of a homemade publication, such as scrapbooking, cut and paste techniques and xeroxing.
Behind the scenes
Sieben puts the finishing touches to some paintings in prep for the "It Will All Happen Again" exhibition at Okay Mountain Studios, an award-winning collective and gallery space he helped found in East Austin in 2006.
Snakes have legs. This is the process for transporting finished pieces from Sieben's studio at Okay Mountain to the Visual Arts Center at the University of Texas.
Students of the University of Texas art department help Michael Sieben with flag studding and pre-show hanging at the Visual Arts Center.
Sieben's sketchbook of doodles and brushes sit on a desk at Okay Mountain Studios.
Details of one of the paintings on display at Michael Sieben's latest solo exhibition "It Will All Happen Again" at the Visual Arts Center at the University Of Texas.
The fire pit at Sieben's show was not put to use due to safety concerns.
Opening night of "It Will All Happen Again" at the Visual Arts Center at the University of Texas at Austin by artist in residence, Michael Sieben.