In Memoriam Blackcrossbowl

In Memoriam BLACKCROSSBOWL 2006 – 2012

Four words taken from a graffiti on the Blackcrossbowl perfectly describe the six years era of the legendary concrete DIY skate project in Basel.

For some the bowl became a temporary living room for a few months every year, but even in the winter you could find people skating and hanging out by the fire regulary.

The spirit of the Blackcrossbowl sparked and inspired other skateboarders all over Europe to take fate in their own hands and build a scene for themselves.

The FUCK FEAR DRINK BEAR group exhibition marks the ten year anniversary of the beginning of the Blackcrossbowl. It looks back and forward to explore and document the DIY spirit that is engrained in skateboarders everywhere.

A group show with:

Nicolas Büchi
Liam Clark
Axel Görger
Leon Zuodar
Lucian Zweifel
Blackcrossbowl’s crew

concert at PORT LAND with:
The Lombego Surfers
and Heckler

FUCK FUCK FEAR DRINK BEAR | exhibition view, August 2016

B.C.B Memorabillia Box | special editon of 100 boxes, 2016

Axel Görger aka Pudi

 Axel Görger aka Pudi, born in 1966 in Baden-Baden. In the late 70s he discovered a skateboard as his favorite toy. Couple years later he began documenting the skating of his friends and travels with his camera.

He has lent his helping hand for various skatespot building projects. He manufactures concrete coping for skate spots all over Europe.

Leon Zuodar aka LELE

Leon Zuodar aka LELE, born in 1977 is a Slovenian visual artist working in the field of painting, drawing, grafics, fanzines and animation.

Since 2005 he’s been part of the world famous painting group called Beli sladoled (White Ice Cream, Leon Zuodar & Miha Perne). Since 2013 he’s co-organizing the art program at the gallery Hisa kulture in Pivka where he’s also leading the graffic studio.

As a skateboarder he’s known as a member of Boldrider crew based at Pumpa in Postojna. Pumpa, the D.I.Y. skate playground & more was inspired by the phenomena of Black Cross Bowl back in 2008 and since then Postojna and Basel sk8 scenes share a strong bond.

He doesn’t like to be called a skate artist but in the same time it’s impossible to totally devide his art from his passion towards skateboarding.

Nicolas Büchi

Nicolas Büchi , born in 1982 (Zürich) got involved with the Black Cross Bowl during a summer stay in 2007 in Basel.

Since then evolved a deeper connection with the BCB crew and DIY concrete resulting finally in The Beast (2011) and The Beauty (2012), two DIY bowl projects in Zurich.

Nicolas is founder of September Wheels and That Noise Magazine. His photographic and video work focuses mainly on the interconnectivity of the DIY skateboard culture.

Liam Clark

Liam Clark
, born 1990 in Ipswich, Suffolk (UK) and currently living and working in Norwich,Norfolk. Graduated from Norwich University College of the Arts in 2012 with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art.

Fuelled by years spent skateboarding and listening to an odd combination of punk rock, hip-hop and folk music his artwork takes inspiration from the urban environment and is created with a D.I.Y. attitude using a variety of disciplines, including drawing, painting, print making, photography and more.

Liam explores many themes, from political and social messages, to recalling childhood memories, often with a hint of humour. His work regularly contains repetition, a large use of colour, pattern and text.

He started skateboarding when he was around 13, and he never got particularly good at it, but it exposed him to a great group of artists and photographers, and new ways of creating, and they continue to influence his work, as does the act of skateboarding.

Lucien Zweifel

Lucian Zweifel, born 1993 (Basel) is a skateboarder and photographer of the younger generation in Basel.

By the influcence of skateboarding he started to take pictures of his friends about 10 years ago.

His photography is the the result of being constantly on the move, whether in Basel or when travelling around Europe.