Poster Image

2003 Poster: By the Museum


Item#: 2003SYR05

Purchase Details

11x17-inches, printed on heavy weight (100-pound) Hammermill cover paper. We package each print with a piece of chipboard in a clear plastic sleeve.

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An information page with photos of the artist and poet, and hand-written comments from each.

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Poem Inspiration Location

By the Museum

poster information


By the museum
Bodies dance across pavement
Skateboards crash and clang

When you leave the Everson Museum, and walk out, there's a whole area by the museum where there's a bunch of young people—teenage guys, mostly—skateboarding. And it's great to watch! Such amazing energy! They're just zooming along!

Syracuse is lucky to have them. I think sometimes we don't realize that these teenagers are an important part of the community. Some people are turned off by the image of the skater dude and see them hanging out as a negative thing. But I think we need to look at teenage energy as an asset, a resource. We need to celebrate it.

The thing about skateboarding is that it has its own aesthetic. What you choose to wear can be very reflective of your personality and interests. I picked up a skateboarding magazine, and you can really see that aesthetic in there. These magazines have cool fonts, exciting photos and good design. I wanted to mimic that in my piece.

The result is very loose, very automatic, almost impulsive. You can still see where I sketched and erased and the grain of the cardboard I worked on. Normally I tend to overwork things, and the images end up being too tight. This has an instinctive quality to it. It has lots of movement.