Cycling in Melbourne Australia
We all know how photography, great pics of people on bikes, mostly of the stately sort, have energized cycle chic movements around the world. There are now 34 affiliated cycle chics, I'm told, with one here in Sydney.
But what about graphic art? Can it do a bit more. Art has a special status , cachet, and reaches into different corners of society.
Historically, painters and printmakers have not paid much attention to bikes. When they did, like Toulouse-Lautrec at the end of the 19th century , bikes were riding high anyway, highly respected transport and sports machines. Women owed their freedom to the bike
Here, I've turned an old photo of that period first, into a drawing, and then a solar etching.
So, Nothing but Bikes, at the Tap gallery, Darlinghurst,Sydeny opening July 4th. for two weeks, is testing whether art can can cast a glow over cycing of the stately sort.
61 works on the same topic by the same bike-mad artist, it's probably a world first in art and activism, will try to do just that.
But will it make any difference? Do you have bike art on the walls. Did you ever?