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Mini- Exhibition #5: Black Cross “Flying Machines”

Written on October 24, 2008 by mimecine

Matt McGregor-Mento is next up for our series of exhibitions: Wednesday October 29th until Saturday November 1. Mini-Opening on October 29th from 6 -9 pm – Have some beer,cider and cheese. Read more below! Hope you can make it! /KIOSK

BlackCross “Flying Machines”

What is it about things made with our own hand that makes them more fun to use? Why is a rough handmade aesthetic so appealing right now? How can making an object intentionally less “functional” bring us closer to the pure experience of using that object? And ultimately, what is the human fascination with speed – and why is our exhilaration heightened when coupled with the sense of unpredictable disaster?

BlackCross “Flying Machines” is a re-inventing of three common recreational objects.  Built crudely of wood, the plywood bellyboard (or paipo), the shipping palette sled, and the simple lumber skateboard all feel like Middle School shop-class inventions.

Functional objects intended for use, they are all capable of producing immense joy through movement and speed. But, each is flawed by design. The skateboard is too small, closer to riding a moving balance beam. The bellyboard is heavy – barely able to float – and lacks a leash. The sled is unsteerable and has no seat. But despite, or because of, their limitations, all three intensify the pure sensation of speed and bring a fresh appreciation of the recreation itself.

In order to invite people into the creation process, the bellyboard (the most difficult of the items to produce) is also being sold in kit-form. This opening of the project allows others to create their own designs and discover the satisfaction and joy of using something crafted with their own hands.

Matthew McGregor-Mento


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  1. Comment by jeremy:

    riding the lumber sk8 board from the farmers market paipo under one arm and kale in hand

    October 29, 2008 @ 7:46 pm

  2. Comment by Eef:

    Sounds great! Are there pictures of the expo somewhere? I build lo-tch paipos myself so i’d like to see them!


    October 30, 2008 @ 7:06 am

  3. Comment by Matthew McGregor-Mento:

    Hi Eef,

    I love your paipos!!!! They are a great inspiration to me. Keep up the great work.


    October 30, 2008 @ 5:44 pm

  4. Comment by Eef:

    Thanks a lot Matt! I got pretty inspired by your writings too! I’m working on a little reclaimed wood paipo/bellyboard expo in Alkmaar, The Netherlands at the end of November. See if i can spread thes stoke a bit here in holland 😀
    I’ll try to have the shirt in the store next week!


    October 31, 2008 @ 3:46 am