I dropped out of algebra in my junior year of high school. Good thing, too, because the poor grade I was receiving in the class was really putting a D in the A of my GPA. So instead of busting my brain cells on numbers and letters and the numerical equations thereof, I picked up a free hour during the school day that I more often than not spent in the art room. Hindsight is the proverbial 20/20 in terms of vision, but I'll S a D if things didn't work out for the better because of that strategic move. Besides, it's not like a single living, dead, or Limboed soul in all the years since my graduation has ever asked me to determine the value of x, a letter that can suck my cosine whenever it ventures out of the alphabet into mathematical lands beyond.
However, I do realize and acknowledge that there do exist algebraists in our midst. People that do enjoy the letter x and all its unknown potential. Should you be one of these folks, more exponential power to you, and please don't feel you're not invited to come and check out the "Skate it or Hang it?!" exhibition* now running at the Museum of Design in Atlanta, Georgia. The opening was cool, too bad you missed it, but the show will be up until September 16, 2012. In addition to walls o' skateboards galore, featured artists include Michael Sieben, Lance Mountain, Steve Olson, Andy Howell, Wes Humpston, Jim Phillips, VCJ, Alex Brewer, Charlie Owens, and myself (Sean Cliver, the guy with the goofy grin at left in the photo above with Lance and Chris Solomon).
Every show has its dog and pony and these suspended walls were my Skippy and Princess favorites.
* Special thanks to Todd Vaught for the innumerable hours it took to curate/wrangle the show.
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