In line with Nike Battle Force, a celebration of Manila’s basketball culture, Nike has launched the Blank Canvas Collective – a curated group of artists including Kayo Cosio, Lari Gazmen, Jade Suayan, and Quiccs – to reimagine the iconic Air Force 1.
The Nike Air Force 1 has served as the icon of basketball sport and culture, and since 1982, has served as a blank canvas for self-expression inspiring artists, musicians, and creative communities worldwide.
Through each reimagined expression of the iconic sneakers, the Blank Canvas Collective artists will celebrate one of Nike’s most recognizable silhouettes and showcase their own unique expression of the Filipino’s love of basketball.
Last Friday, November 16, we dropped by Commonwealth Rockwell for the official launch of the Blank Canvas Collection led by Nike country manager Jino Ferrer and master planner Kayo Cosio. The installation will be up until November 24 so make sure you drop by and check it out!
Here’s a quick look at the full installation as well as a brief background on each artist.
The Battle Force Manila finale happens on November 24 at 3Parkade BGC for a full night of basketball, music, dance and art. Gates open at 5pm.
- Filipino illustrator, toy designer, and art director of Burnwater Art X Design
- Works are deeply rooted in his love for Japanese robot characters and shows
- For his installation, Quiccs redesigns his signature TEQ toy sporting a fresh pair of Air Force 1 shoes, ready to be customized
- Similar to designer toy “blanks”, the Air Force 1 Triple White has established itself as the premiere platform for sneaker customization globally
JADE SUAYAN AKA SYN @jadesuayan
- Classically trained oil and acrylic painter that transitioned into graffiti and street art
- For her installation, Jade uses several elements and themes from her current body of work, including toy guns and graffiti
- Telling a story of equality, this move showcases her choice to take risks and make her mark
LARI GAZMEN @lalalaraine
- Made her mark in the creative industry as an illustrator and designer
- Known for her artistic creations that encourage positivity
- For her installation, Lari shines a spotlight on the Columbine flower, which she calls a “poisonous flower that could be attributed to both predator and prey”
- The Columbine reminds us to also take the path that includes courage and grace
KAYO COSIO @kayocosio
- Pronounced “K.O.”
- Planned and curated over 50 public art projects for brands such as Turner International, Nike, Fully Booked, and the city of BGC
- For his installation, Kayo suspended the Air Force 1 mid air to portray its various stages and planes of existence, expanding its possibilities as a blank canvas
- The installation also portrays visions of equality, environment, and beauty.