Louisville Wheelmen

Louisville Wheelmen Newsletter -- March-April 1996

Transformation of the Machine: The Bicycle

The Kentucky Art and Craft Gallery presents:
Transformation of the Machine: The Bicycle
February 28 - April 13, 1996
Opening Reception: February 28, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Sponsored by: National City

Louisville, KY -- First there was the wheel, then there were unicycles, Western Flyers, “day-glo” Stingrays, lowriders, Y-Bikes.... Witness the Transformation of the Machine: The Bicycle as the Kentucky Art and Craft Gallery presents an exhibition showcasing a selection of bicycles both manufactured and handmade. The pieces will range from the historical, such as a 1941 Western Flyer, to the hi-tech Y-Bike, as well as experienced-based sculpture by some of Kentucky’s finest artists. “This exhibition incorporates how the technology of cycling has changed from the standpoint of the manufacturer and how the personality of the cyclist is expressed through accessories and gear,” said curator Brion Clinkingbeard.

Abe Harper, who studied industrial design in sculpture at Berea College explained, “I’ve always been interested in how machines work and how we interact with them.” Harper’s cycles is a non-functional, life-sized, mixed media piece, fabricated out of wood and metal. He would like to see the bicycle become the primary mode of transportation, but for now believes that the focus is on cycling as a recreational activity.

Crinkum-Crankum artist Doug Russell, describes his piece as a “monocycle.” It is uniquely designed with a sensory system that upon approach will cause the lights to flash, the gyroscope and the sound effects to operate and the wheel to spin! The character, in traditional Crinkum-Crankum whimsy, will be sporting jeans, a flight jacker, a leather helmet and boots. Ironically, Russell’s first mechanical piece was a cycle created in 1988.

Dana Tindall said that art is something that comes naturally to him. His mother taught art and his father was an engineer for NASA. “I got the electrical and mechanical traits from my father and the artistic traits from my mother. The two merged genetically and that’s why I create art in the way that I do today,” he explained. Tindall’s “Foodchain” is a large bicycle constructed of wood and plexiglass and contains electronic parts such as lights and motors. Tindall describes “Foodchain” as a work that depicts how the automobile has taken over the bicycle as a means of transportation.

Participating Artists: Steve Bishop, Franzee Dolbeare, Abe Harper, Scott Kremer, C.M. Laster & Grace Kelly Bond, Kurt Ludwig, Doug Russell, Scott Scarboro, and Dana Tindall.

Bicycles on loan from: Bicycle Sport Inc., Neighborhood House “Kids on Wheels Display Unit,” and private collectors.

Related ride in connection with the exhibit.

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