It was another long night of illustrating for designer Dean Liebau last Friday in Edinboro, Pennsylvania.
“I just doodle,” he said modestly while drawing a new character for his blog at the kitchen table with photographer Ashley Rosemeyer. ”I really need to update that thing.”
The pot of coffee was now empty while Rosemeyer sat across the table reviewing photos she took just hours earlier at a spot in Erie, Pennsylvania.
“It was crazy,” she said. ”We almost got kicked out.”
“People tend to kick her out of spots usually,” Liebau told me as his “doodle” is suddenly transformed into a geometric character design.
The photo Rosemeyer was working on was of Tommy Crail, a BMX rider from Erie, dropping onto the ground from the rooftop of a middle school.
“We just got to the spot as it was hitting dusk,” Rosemeyer recalled.
As Crail was about to land the trick, a woman came out of the school and, according to Rosemeyer, demanded that she and Crail leave immediately or the cops would be called.
“What she failed to realize was that the only way he could come down was to land the trick,” said Rosemeyer.
When asked if this photo was going to be appear in her upcoming show with Liebau, Rosemeyer responded with a resounding, “hell yeah.”
As we talked, Ashley and Dean work diligently to put the finishing touches on their art for the much anticipated opening of their joint exhibition, “This Is Private Property.” The show is running from October 6th to October 13th and the realization that its October 10th opening is swiftly approaching was exciting to Liebau.
“Ashley and I have been working hard towards this goal of having a show for four years,” explained Liebau as he circumvented the head of his character with his pencil.
“It’s going to be a good time.”
Along with designs and illustrations by Liebau and photographs by Rosemeyer, “This Is Private Property” will also feature a custom-built miniramp, available for free skate, on display in Bates Gallery. During the open skate, DJ DISRUPPTION will be performing a live set of hip-hop remixes. While the show will live up to its promise of being a “good time,” “This Is Private Property” will also offer the public a candid look into the “rebel” society of the skate and snowboarding counterculture.
“There is such a beauty to snowboarding and skateboarding, so it’s disheartening that the two aren’t given hardly any respect by mainstream society,” Liebau said.
“People have a tendency to overreact and over analyze things when something appears to be straying too far from normal.”
In this exclusive, in-depth interview for The Blend, Liebau and Rosemeyer explain how they are using their art to blur the lines between the alternative and the mainstream by not being afraid of anyone- not even a “bitch dressed up in a dress suit” on a hot, summer day.
Alice Groesbeck (AG): So you’ve got to tell me, who’s this “bitch” in the dress suit you keep talking about, Ashley?
Ashley Rosemeyer (AR): I got a good cop story to go with that.
AG: I’m ready to hear it. (more…)