If you stop by the In4mation location in Chinatown on Friday, Oct. 5, then you’ll also encounter the opening of HoMA admissions coordinator and avid skateboarder Adam Tompkison’s new art show.
Called Spirits Rebellious, this show will include about 10 pieces of Tompkison’s original work. These artworks—which feature graphic dragons, flames and dark, intriguing landscapes—started off as drawings and evolved into paintings using watercolors, acrylics, house paint, spray paint and sumi ink—or as he put it, “Anything that you can get, you know. Bold stuff, vibrant stuff is awesome.”
The HoMA blog caught up with Tompkison to get the skinny on what audiences should expect from his show.
What’s your background with art.
I don’t have a traditional background in the art world. I definitely galavanted and did graffiti when I was younger and I think that’s still one of the greatest forms of art. I think things like that that are free and people do for the love of it are great. Things like tattooing. These people that do it and they don’t care about anything else except what they’re doing. After that, I got interested in graphic kind of art, like illustration stuff and skateboard art. I think skateboard art is the best, like the punk graphics and all that stuff is appealing to me. Working with Shitty Kids have given me a huge chance to have my work seen and a renewed passion for art. It’s been five years of doing this and it’s a huge part of being where I’m at today.
Tell me about the inspiration for the show.
Spirits Rebellious is the title of a book by a poet from the 1920s named Kahill Gibran. Spirits Rebellious was considered super blasphemy back then because it just spoke of all the things that like went against all the norms and what was accepted as okay back then… The stuff that’s in us that they’re not conscious of it but… it’s in everyone. It’s that kind of stuff. It’s also just rebellious ideas and that’s what skateboarding and that type of art and those people that appreciate that kind of stuff, you know, are.
What do you want audiences to gain from your show?
I want the art to be sincere, I want it, technically, to be solid. But I want the meaning to be very, very, not just positive, but I want it to be full of substance. I want it to reach the viewer in a way that they’re not being reached in an outside world and society and the way that we live. I want it to be different and there’s that spirit in everybody if you believe that stuff, and I want that to be affected.
What kind of artists influence you?
There are so many amazing artists in every medium, the ones that are influencing me, I see my friends that skateboards as the artists who influence me, like my friends who work hard or like people in your family that are great people. They’re like artists of life.