The Good Wood Exhibit features custom works from 80+ artists on crusier decks priced at a reasonable starting bid of $50. Most works are by local Detroit creatives with a few international artists and skateboard pros sprinkled in the mix. 100 decks adorning the walls at 10-22-9. Each one is unique from the next, and it will be left to the consumer to decide if it’s a one of a kind cruiser deck or an art object that will hung on a wall. All of the decks are available to bid on online until Saturday night. Start your bidding!
100% off the Good Wood proceeds will be donated to Power House Productions Ride It Sculpture Park in Detroit. Good Wood hopes to raise as much as they can to build the park and provide complete skateboards and equipment to kids in need.
Andrew Davis is the the organizer and curator of the Good Wood exhibition. As a CCS (College for Creative Studies) alum, member of gallery and studio space CAVE Detroit., graphic designer and screen-printer of The Barber Shoppe, designer of SMPLFD clothing/goods and fine illustrator, Davis keeps busy in Detroit. PLAYGROUND DETROIT interviewed Andrew about the Good Wood exhibit, although I am sure you now might be curious about his many other hats as well.
PD: How did you come up with the concept of Good Wood?
The initial idea for the show was naive and definitely not groundbreaking, but I feel it has always been executed in it’s own unique way. I think the show has always been well received because it’s genuine and fun. I grew up on skateboarding and the graphics I have a love for the culture and everything that comes with it. The show definitely doesn’t need to hide the novelty of itself so it’s free to be what it is, which I think is nice. Over time the cute name has been filled with more meaning and every exhibition after the first has been a silent auction with proceeds going towards a cause for youth.”
This will be the fourth exhibit, and most likely the last, so it’s bittersweet to have it back in Detroit where it began. Plus, I’m getting too old and broke to drive the show in my car to cool cities and spend money to hang out and party.”
That was one of the best summers! I had the show in Brooklyn three or so years ago, and I probably would actually do it again if there was a good reason. This show is different a few ways from the previous Good Wood shows though. The shapes of the decks have changed. Normally, the show consists of a standard double kick tail shape and this show features custom cruiser shapes that are completely skateable and quality decks. In years past, the decks were a cheaper quality blank deck that I could acquire for a good price. This year is also much larger, with nearly 100 decks given out to artists. In the past I have never had more than 50 boards in the show.”Plus, there are some real heavy hitters in this show- we truly have the support of the skateboard world and it’s made all the difference in how the auction is going. We are raising a significant amount of money to make the Ride It Sculpture Park happen in June and that’s exceeded my expectations for it. Three summers ago, I was responding to interview questions for the All Day Buffet website in Brooklyn and goin on about the Beautiful Losers exhibition and naming artists like Barry Mcgee and so forth and how that all inspired Good Wood and now Barry Mcgee, Ed Templeton, Neil Blender and Thomas Campbell have contributed decks to my show, all thanks to Joe Brook, but I haven’t had time to even let that settle in and shit my pants over it.”
It’s tough to pick a favorite. There’s a lot of strong decks. Some of my local favorites would be Nate Morgan and James Noellert. I usually love everything I see from them and their decks are killer as expected. Obviously, Barry Mcgee’s deck is a favorite and I actually bid on the Neckface deck early on, both of which are out of my range at this point. I’ve done a little bit of bidding and I’m hoping to win one or two if I can, but I could see these getting out of my range as well. Either way it’s a win win situation.”
I skate, but I wouldn’t call myself a skateboarder anymore. I was skateboarding a lot more when I was younger. I never progressed like a lot of my peers because I didn’t stick with it, but I can still land a kick flip if you give me a couple tries, I think.”
I think it’s fairly small, but something that is going to start building. Most of the young go-hards are spread out in the suburbs of Metro Detroit. As far as a scene goes, I think that is going to really start to develop in the next three to five years in Detroit. Check out One Percent skate team out of Detroit.”
In June, there will be four open vacant lots that Power House Productions has purchased just north of Hamtramck along the E Davison that will be transformed into a cement skatepark. A team of skateboarders are flying in to pour and sculpt the park in a DIY fashion. These guys are out of San Francisco and normally have to build things like this under bridges or in hidden areas so they aren’t destroyed right away. There’s a whole video explaining this better on the goodwoodexhibit.com website as well as powerhouseproductions.org so visit those sites for more information about it. 100 percent of the proceeds from Good Wood are going towards the park in hopes to create a place for kids and adults to play, create, and build in a positive way and avoid destructive or negative behaviors from the results of boredom.”