November 19, 2016 – January 7, 2017 Exhibitions
Opening Reception Saturday, November 19, 2016, 7 – 9PM
BACK/SIDE | David Langston, Ian Richardson, and Dakota Roberson
Downstairs Back BOX
BACK/SIDE is a collaborative exhibition by David Langston, Ian Richardson, and Dakota Roberson. As residents of Eastwood, a historic neighborhood in the East End area of Houston, Texas, this exhibition both documents and highlights the current state of the rapidly-changing face of the neighborhood, and our city, through site-specific “installations” – integrating skateable structures, transitional ramp pieces, and film into the space. The installation allows viewers with little knowledge of skating to understand and relate to how skateboarders can apply their abilities, using the structures as tools to express their individuality and creativity. Through these installations, they demonstrate to the general public that there is an artistic and creative merit to why your next door neighbor’s son won’t quit skateboarding past 10PM.
David Langston, Ian Richardson, and Dakota Roberson are Houston natives and spent their childhood skateboarding and building ramps, which is eventually how they came to meet each other. Langston and Roberson worked for Southside Skatepark in South Houston for several years. During that time, the constant construction and evolution of of the skatepark led to the development of a real passion for the work and craftsmanship that goes into building them. Langston, Richardson and Roberson lived together and during that time collaborated on their own skateable structures, including a 21-foot long ramp in their backyard. The “Eagle House” ramp has long been destroyed but the love for skateboarding and the community it brings with it is ever growing.