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The opening reception for the group show, which as the name implies is a celebration of bicycles in art, will be held Friday, June 5th, from 7-10pm at the gallery. This year organizers plan to outdo the success of the 2008 show, which saw "100 new works of sculpture, painting, photography, custom-built bikes and interactive installation art" displayed during the exhibition.
Housed in the Q'arma Building, which like a number of buildings in the Northeast Minneapolis houses several studios, the Altered Esthetics gallery was begun as a counterpoint to the fact that, as the space's curators put it, "contemporary success stories for offbeat artists such as those of Shepherd Fairey and Banksy are few and far between."
Indeed, community seems to be as much of an impetus for opening the non-profit and volunteer-run space as the art itself, with a nod to networking in the arrangement of Bike Art IV. The event promises to "feature a variety of awesome ways to get engaged with other artists and cyclists in communities from here to Patagonia."
To get an idea for the variety of work presented, visit the Altered Esthetics site where all previous Bicycle Art exhibits are available to view online. If you miss the opening reception this Friday (our fault, we know, short notice) but plan to be in the Twin Cities in a few weeks, keep in mind that the 2009 festivities will wind down with a "rolling Art Exhibit and Bicycle Caravan" in the area's 80th Annual Northeast Parade on Tuesday, June 23rd. Yeah, Tuesday, what a day for a parade! SEE ALSO: www.alteredesthetics.com/events/47
Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.
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