Spent, Pascal Paquette
June 30 @ 12:00 pm - August 12 @ 9:00 pm
It’s nearing 11:30 pm and I just got home. I should get to bed since the babies will wake up at 6:30 am. I’ve been out since 8:00pm. Got a good three hours of skating in.
I’ve been obsessed with landing a frontside boardslide to switch nose manny out. Or fakie manual, however you look at it. Almost got one, but not quite. I’ll try again next time. Three hours was enough for tonight.
My left ankle stills swells, a reminder of that ankle roll I did last November. My hip hurts from falling at least ten times tonight. I think I also bashed my elbow, we’ll see in the morning. My front wheels have new flat spots, and my board feels too flexible. Not much pop left in it. That’ll be the second deck I’ve gone through this month.
Still, I feel great. Spent, but great. I really needed that.
Opening June 30
Skateboarding and its subculture has shaped me in many ways. As a teenager I spent countless hours skating outdoors, contemplating new ways to use our common built environment. As an artist I work in that same built environment, conquering challenges creatively and turning them into achievements.
I revived my love for skateboarding after a 15-year hiatus when I was introduced to The Baitshop and became a member of their team. In 2016, they stopped making decks so I decided to venture into producing my own. L’État was born. The decks shown here at The Bentway are selects from my first year of production. I have personally skated them all until depletion.
Artist and skateboarder Pascal Paquette uses street art, graffiti and photography in his site-specific and geographically-dependent installations. Paquette’s work has been commissioned, published and exhibited internationally and locally including the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, the Art Gallery of Ontario, as well as in Switzerland, France, Germany, England and the USA. His graffiti writing, under the pseudonym Mon Petit Chou, can be found in cities such as Toronto, London, Zagreb, Belgrade, Cape Town and Boston. In 2016, Paquette founded the skateboard label L’État and has been producing custom decks that celebrate his love of skateboarding and its artistic culture. Paquette lives in Toronto with his wife and three children.