Good gravy, it’s been pert-near seven years since the Montana Skatepark Association opened the Mobash Skate park in Missoula. And now we’ve arrived at the eighth installment of On Deck. The fundraiser helps MSA raise funds to build more skateparks throughout the state, as well as maintain and expand the ones already built, and it gives artists a chance to use a different sort of medium to create their projects on: a skateboard deck. While one could purchase a deck at the auction and throw some trucks and wheels on it, it’d be a doggone shame to grind away the work of so many talented artists. The style of decks for this year’s fundraiser range in style from the titillating work of Troy Evans’ “Toxic Flamethrower,” to Courtney Blazon’s spritely colored, “Scandinavian Yulegoat,” to a couple horse-themed pieces.
This year Japanese artist Haroshi has donated a deck to the auction and shared “Skull,” a piece from his Virtual Reality exhibition, with the gallery for the month of May. Haroshi is himself a skater and he regularly uses recycled skateboard decks to create new, three-dimensional artworks. He stacks the decks and creates large laminated pieces that he shaves down into smaller works.
In all, there are 45 decks up for auction. Potential bidders have until Thur., May 2, at 5 p.m. to bid on a deck online. Decks are then bid on in person or via a proxy at the gallery where the things get animated, like any good auction involving art lovers, skateboarders and wine drinkers.