After his last show at Almine Rech, Kenny Scharf has collaborated with Parley for the Oceans on 12 individually painted surfboards with proceeds benefiting Parley’s Global Clean Up Network, with a special emphasis on the shores of Tulum, Mexico.
A frequent visitor to the Yucatán Peninsula, a region where Parley has been operating since 2017, Scharf praised the opportunity to work with like-minded individuals who shared an “obsession” with preventing the damage plastic is doing to our oceans. The legendary American street artist has been collecting trash along coastlines since the 1980s, often using it in sculptural pieces that may appear childish at first, but raise society’s awareness of the environmental concerns associated with plastic.
“Parley was born into the art community and would not exist without the tremendous support of artists, curators, collectors, galleries and museums,” said Cyrill Gutsch, Founder and CEO of Parley. “Kenny Scharf’s contribution to Parley is a wonderful example of how an artist can use his work to create impact, his voice to encourage thousands of us to move forward and believe that we can find our way out of this global plastic crisis with creativity ingenuity and passion.”
Handmade by legendary shaper, Tim Bessell, the 12 boards can be purchased by contacting Parley’s website.
Also in the news, Christie’s will be auctioning artworks next month, the proceeds of which will benefit the AIDS Memorial in New York.