Occidental and NELA Bicycle Art Show
The Bicycle Art Show, a collection of bicycle-inspired art from more than 30 local artists, is now on display at the Weingart Gallery in Northeast Los Angeles. The show kicked off this week with a late afternoon bike ride through Northeast LA, stopping at the Bike Oven before ending at the gallery. Cyclists gathered for the opening enjoyed live music, grilled cheese from Wheelie Good Food, and interactive bicycle tire printmaking.
The open-submission show garnered a wide range of works, from ink illustrations and paintings to
art made from bike parts, artbikes, and a variety of other media exploring the rich connections between biking and art. Among the works are a “United by Ridazz” a 360-degree photo collection from Logan Muszynski, a fabric “Soft Bike” by illustrator Louise Chen, one tiny bike, a unicorn bike, one “surf bike,” pieces from Eyeone, including a collaboration with Cache (best known for pairing their respective iconic zapatista and chicken characters across Los Angeles), and an illustrated bicyclists’ map of Los Angeles drawn by the show’s curator Margaret Gallagher. An art student at Occidental, Gallagher said she composed the project throughout the summer of 2012.
“I basically just rode my bike around all summer checking things out,” said Gallagher of her map-making process.
One the standout pieces from the show is “Sun of God,” a metallic sun constructed mainly of flattened wheel rims, made in NELA by Steve Campos of Steel Fabricated Arts. Also on display at the show is a rare 1934 Ingo bike, a scooter-esque bicycle with a spring deck made for only two years before the war effort co-opted the Ingersall Rand plant.
The Bicycle Art Show is on display through March 15.