Exhibitions

Benjamin Jean Jean | True Stories Paris

Launching the third edition of ‘TRUE STORIES’ and first book release from the growing project, RVCA was proud to gather a community of artists, skaters, creatives and amateurs at CLASSIC book store in Paris this past Friday. In presence of artist and project initiator Benjamin Jeanjean, a longtime global ANP artist, the Paris happening allowed for a nice mix of profiles, personalities and authentic art amateurs.

« It’s pretty impressive and encouraging to see people come and learn about the project, » Jeanjean said. « These artworks and book are just the start of something way bigger I believe, as the refugee topic pretty much exists everywhere around the globe. Hopefully, we take this beyond and I hope we can bring in tens of artists to join and deliver their own take on the topic to make it a big-scale group show in the short term. »

The inititaive started in Vienna (AUT), after Jeanjean spent over a month living and learning with various refugees to deeply understand their experiences and tranlsate it all into refined, detailed custom illustrations. That first moment naturally took the artist to add work and artworks to the first chapter and hit Bordeaux (FRA), before producing a first book ‘TRUE STORIES : Vol. I ALI’ that was launched in Paris Friday.

« A book is always a great item to gather both stories and illusrations, to really take the time to transcribe those experiences and have something that stays on your hands, » RVCA Marketing’s Greg Puget said. «We are really proud to support Benjamin’s work and vision, and RVCA really is that unique brand that allows to commit to such beautiful, committed deep art projects. Definitely looking at the next stages on how we help the artist reach a wider audience because his project deserves more. »

A first happening in a long time in Paris, it was a great re-launch for the brand in the French capital, a project that naturally cals in for some soon-to-come new moments for the community.



Teen Angels | The Exhibition

RVCA was glad to support 'Teen Angels', the Exhibition this past weekend at the LA Art Book Fair. Highlighting the work of Teen Angel and the magazine he created, the exhibition was a hit for many in attendance, especially those inspired and invested in Lowrider and Cholo Culture from the 80's, 90's, and to present day. Check out photos from the exhibition opening and our weekend at the Book Fair below by Morgnar.

Check out the RVCA x Teen Angels Tees from the exhibition opening, available here.

About Teen Angel:

Teen Angel began working working full-time as an artist and writer for Lowrider Magazine in 1977. His art graced the pages regularly and soon after became well-known as ‘The Lowrider Artist’, depicting the Lowrider lifestyle in a fun, whimsical way at a time where that culture was not accepted amongst mainstream society. In 1981 he ventured into publishing on his own and started Teen Angels Magazine; with no constraints, he was able to create the magazine as he wanted featuring artwork, dedications, photo- graphs, poems, and articles all focusing on life in the streets of the Varrios of California and the Southwest. The magazine gave voice to a wide swath of young Chicanos, from the gangsters in prison to the young girls looking for love. Where others saw blight and despair, Teen Angel saw beauty and life. Rejected by larger chain stores, the only place to find Teen Angels Magazine was in liquor stores and small mom-and-pop markets in the ‘hood’. He went on to create over 200 issues which today are highly collectable due to their rarity. Teen Angel passed away in early 2015 but his legacy lives on.


Opening Night | Apolitical Process

On Thursday, September 22nd RVCA and Purps were glad to present Apolitical Process.

A vision by Kelly Slater, Curated by PM Tenore.
Featuring Bruce Reynolds, Kevin Ancell and Todd Glaser.

This is an artistic journey through the chaotic and sometimes inflammatory 2016 election cycle. It is our aim to explore and expose the underlying truth, hypocrisy, danger, motivations, misinformation and effects of this process. It is our hope that the artwork produces thoughtful discussion, transparency and an openness to question the powers that be...

Apolitical Process will be on view through October 9th at Folding Table Gallery in Venice. 201 San Juan Ave (corner of Main St.), Venice, Ca 90291.

Photography by Lyon Herron and Brandon Jensen. Video by Change for Balance.


Recap | RVCA Presents 'Advance'

RVCA presented its European ANP show, ADVANCE, on September 7, 2016, at Darwin - Bordeaux, featuring the works of Ed Templeton, Andrea Do Souto, Ben Horton, Benjamin Jeanjean, Jerome Romain and Kevin "Spanky" Long.

In the presence of all artists except Long, over 350 people attended the launch event and we are already very honored to count thousands of visitors since the kick-off, thanks to the Ocean Climax festival that brought over 25,000 visitors to the Darwin location between Sep. 8 and 11.

With a mix of photography, paintings and illustrations from our advocates and ANP Artists, this first edition of what is already planned to become an annual Art show, enabled artists and amateurs to come together at one of France’s most fashionable locations and enjoy an authentic gathering of the community.

We would like to thank the artists for their work and presence, RVCA’s teams and partners, our hosts at l’atelier Les Mains Sales x Les Sauvages and you, fans, art-lovers, opinion-leaders, skate-culture aficionados…

The show runs till Sep. 28, 2016.


Mark Alsweiler | Port of Call

RVCA ANP Artist Mark Alsweiler has recently teamed up with iconic sustainable furniture and design store Koskela to present a special off site exhibition, 'Port Of Call' and window installation featuring a selection of new hardwood sculptures and paintings.






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