In L.A.: 15 Years of Gonz and Adidas @ HVW8 Art

May 04, 2013 - Jun 02, 2013HVW8 , Los Angeles

This past weekend we stopped by HVW8 Art for the private reception for “15 Years Of Gonz and Adidas,” a photo exhibition celebrating Mark Gonzales’ 15 years with the adidas Skateboarding family. As you may know, the man they lovingly call the "Gonz" has been a good friend of the Juxtapoz, Thrasher, and High Speed family for years, and we are so happy to see this show come to fruition.

“15 years is a long time. Mark Gonzales has been a member of the adidas Skateboarding family inspiring, developing and nurturing the skateboarding program for 15 years. It is with great honor that we celebrate Gonz, not only for these past 15 years of adventure, but for having such an impact on our lives and making skateboarding what it is today. Here’s to many more shared adventures along the way!" —Gonz

Mark Gonzales is considered to be the father of modern, street skating. Mark, commonly known amongst his peers and fans as ‘Gonz’ or ‘The Gonz’, has been named the most influential skateboarder of all-time by Transworld Skateboarding magazine. His imaginative and spontaneous style was one of the main founding forces of street skateboarding and today still turns the inconceivable into reality. Not only is Gonz an incredibly talented skateboarder, but his everyday life could be considered an art form in its own right. His works of art, poetry and videography express his unique imagination and color his day-to-day life. adidas Skateboarding is proud to have such a talented and magnetic member on the team.

Many photographers have documented The Gonz over the years. This show focuses on six key photographers who’ve known and shot him all around the world over the past 15 years. These photographers, who have watched Mark and and witnessed his skateboarding antics, include Gabe Morford, Joe Brook, Skin Phillips, Brian Gaberman, Benjamin Deberdt, and Sem Rubio.”

Following are a few images from the reception but you should definitely stop by and check this show out in person!

-Amy Duran

15 Years Of Gonz and Adidas
Through June 2, 2013