Paul McCarthy x The Skate Room Uses Images Only Americans Understand

By: Erin Fox - Mar 29, 2015
References: art21.org & theskateroom
The Paul McCarthy x The Skate Room collection aims to finance the building of Skateistan's first skate school in Africa, starting in Johannesburg. Skateistan uses 'the hook' of skateboarding to connect vulnerable youth to educational and leadership opportunities. This South Africa skate school will serve as a regional training hub for youth development projects and will help bridge the gap between socio-economic differences in the country.

The American artist uses typical American imagery in the Paul McCarthy x The Skate Room collection. Using Disney characters, B-movies, soap operas and comics to drive his artwork, the artist often refers to his style of art as "painting as action." He is a critical analyst of the mass media and his perception of a consumer-driven American society and its hypocrisy, double standards and repression.