DAVID reviews

7 December 2017

Canvas: Decks and desolation.

by Andrew MacGregor


Canvas: “Roger Ballen x The Skateroom” - 1 min 38s

Skate art meets psychological horror in this collaborative film. Launching on the Arts Council’s online platform, boutique deck designers The Skateroom partner with photographer Roger Ballen for a monochrome fever dream.

Fans of Die Antwoord will recognise Ballen’s severe palette. The film splices images from the duo’s 'I Fink U Freeky’ promo with a warehouse raid. Ocular close-ups and sketchy animation heighten the uncanny vibe.

Luckily, art-conscious skaters won’t have to navigate this Saw-esque labyrinth themselves - Ballen fans can visit the studio’s website instead.


Post Production: Polly Durrance / Emma Watterson @ UNIT Ⓦ
Colourist: Nick Dalby
Flame: Ben Beaumont
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