Rider Arthur Longo checking out work by fellow pro rider Danny Larsen

The success of our first Looking Sideways event, at the 2011 Winter X Games, inspired us to think bigger and better for the 2012 event. So we were stoked when our friends the Aesthetiker crew asked us to help them celebrate ten years of the Vans Wangl Tangl by putting on a show at their anniversary event in Mayrhofen.

Piece by skate legend Ed Templeton

As an event concerned with showcasing the creative, fun elements of skating and snowboarding, Wangl Tangl was the perfect place for us to put on our biggest show yet. We invited some of the most intriguing and inspirational boardsports artists in the world – Fos, French, Tim Karpinski, Danny Larsen, Blaise Rosenthal, Schoph, Corey Smith, Ed Templeton and Danny Wainwright  to exhibit with us, and showcased their work at the pop-up gallery we put on at Mayrhofen’s Europahaus gallery.

The show featured work by snowboarders Corey Smith (l) and Schoph (r)

 It was great to be part of a show that brings together such a strong line-up of artists and it was pretty amazing to see everyone’s different styles. I’ve been in plenty of shows now but the Looking Sideways crew have definitely raised the bar in terms of the space and the quality of the work – Schoph

It was a line-up that summed up the Looking Sideways ethos perfectly, with big hitters such as Ed Templeton exhibiting next to up and coming artists such as snowboarders Schoph Schophield and Corey Smith. In addition, we were lucky enough to have exhibiting artists Danny Wainwright, Schoph and Blaise Rosenthal in attendance to lend their support to the show.

Skate legend Danny Wainwright in front of his work

“It was great to be part of a show that brings together such a strong line-up of artists and it was pretty amazing to see everyone’s different styles”, said artist Schoph, who used the occasion to premiere a new work called Dead Questions in the Eyes. ”I’ve been in plenty of shows now but the Looking Sideways crew have definitely raised the bar in terms of the space and the quality of the work”.

Our show kicked off the Wangl Tangl event, and meant there was a great turnout for opening night. Check the film for a quick look at how the exhibition came together.