HUMBLE & EPIC is an exhibition featuring new artwork by London-based filmmaker Ben Gregor. HUMBLE & EPIC is a tribute to the steadfastness of inspiration, love and friendship in a fractured and passing world of modern love.
Using 65 maple wood skateboards as his canvas, Gregor has laser etched each board with the names of his closest friends, family and heroes.
Solid, three dimensional and practical, each board is meaningful and unique. Each board’s individuality is reflected also in the unique markings and patterns of the maple wood.
Gregor is a London based filmmaker, working in TV and commercials and has worked with Spike Jonze, Dave Cross and Sigourney Weaver on TV projects, and has won Gold Clios and Gold Lions for his commercials work with clients like Puma Sportswear, Amnesty International and Apple. In 2013, his 3D dance film, All Stars had a European theatrical release. He studied Japanese at Cambridge University and has been skateboarding with diminishing returns since he was 14.
Gregor was inspired to create the project to pay tribute to those who inspired him following the end of a relationship earlier this year. The boards are displayed with a short piece of evocative, revealing prose, sometimes funny and sometimes tragic, bringing the names to life in an evocative and surprisingly raw way.
Gregor says “There are all kinds of people on the boards – it’s like a map, an inventory of people who have either inspired or sponsored me. Some I never met – like Evil Knievel and Kawabata Yasunari, some who I’ve been lucky to work with like Spike Jonze and Sigourney Weaver, right through to friends, family, priests and even my dog Wolfie. He’s probably the first dog to have his own pro model skateboard.”
The boards will be shown with small commentaries from Ben, such as this one for his mother Kate: Kate was my mother. She read a book a day and got up at five. I’ve got that from her. The getting up thing, not so much the book reading. She died in a car accident when I was sixteen. It’s unfair only having the past with someone.
The boards will be on sale during the exhibition for £300 each, with a portion going to Skateistan and bespoke boards can be order via Herrick Gallery – with a name of the buyer’s choice in the same style. Boards can be ordered via: http://www.herrickgallery.com/shop/
Alice Herrick, Director of Herrick Gallery says “We all have that list – the list of special friends and family who are particularly meaningful to or supportive of us. Gregor’s concept, to create a joyful, individualised body of work, recognises his list. I’m delighted that others might also choose to recognise those on their own special list with a similar board. And of course all sales will help to benefit Skateistan.”
10% of sales profits will go to Skateistan, a non-profit organization that uses skateboarding as a tool for empowerment in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa. Skateistan works with nearly 400 youths each week, and focuses especially on providing opportunities for Afghan girls and street working children.
For more information about HUMBLE & EPIC please visit: humbleandepic.com
Exhibition: 3 – 19 December 2015 / Opening night: 2 December 6-9pm, Herrick Gallery, 93 Piccadilly, London W1J 7NQ
Gallery opening times: Tues – Sat 11am – 6pm
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