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JAPANTHER paints with skateboards at Mana Contemporary

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Japanther, an art performance/ band established by Matt Reilly and Ian Vanek, made its name with unique performance situations, appearing alongside synchronized swimmers, atop the Williamsburg Bridge, with giant puppets, marionettes and shadow puppets, in the back of a moving truck in Soho, and at shows with giant dinosaurs and BMXers flying off the walls. And now they paint with skateboards.  Matt Reilly adds paint to the wheels of his board and skates directly on to his canvas to create large, abstract paintings while putting on a live performance.  The process is definitely an important part of the experience both for the artist and its audience, and the end result becomes more than just abstract color bands on a canvas.  Take a look at their performance which took place at Mana Contemporary and check out the resulting works from their recent show:

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Matt Reilly of Japanther performs live skateboard painting at Mana Contemporary on May 6th, 2014 from Plasticity NY on Vimeo.