Mike Abeliuk the Skate/Snow Artist

Mike Abeliuk

Mike Abeliuk

Over the past the past few years that Mike has worked for Shoreline we have had an on going conversation about Skating and Snowboarding as an art form. My first red neck response of course was BS! It’s just random hits and spins that’s not art. This reaction did have a bit of history behind it, I think the word “art” has come to mean anything, I mean all you have to do these days is poop in a jar, add a carrot and a door knob and call it Pop art. This mindless junk that has been cranked out for the last 40 years has worn out its welcome. Art should be disciplined, orderly, and be highly intelligent.
After seeing this filmed at Sierra at Tahoe I’m convinced that this is true art in its finest form. Mike and Anthony combine Athletes and Cameras to produce really great art work. This kind of imagery should receive higher recognition, but how do you measure such a thing? This kind of creativity will continue to be taken for granted by most who don’t realize that this is art.
The demand to consume these visual works of art have been increased by Youtube, this a good and bad thing for film makers, its great to have a medium to show case the great works but with this medium comes the copy right violation, the justification that action videos should be free. With that mind set soon this form of art work will become impossible to produce.
There is an old stereotype “the starving artist” this was the common pattern that an artist would work his whole life painting works of art, in total poverty. Some never getting recognition while alive. This could be the case too for skate and snowboard artist who struggle to be respected by a generation that demands and steals their artwork with little or no remorse for the artist.