Lance Armstrong wrote a book a few years ago called It’s Not About the Bike. And we get that. His story is about a journey back from cancer. But still, it is kind of, about the bike, isn’t it?
The Maryland Art Place thinks so.
The nonprofit center for contemporary art, with gallery space located at Power Plant Live!, hosts the “Bike Show” next month, an exhibition “centered on the relationship between people and their bicycles.”
As Baltimore’s bicycling community grows, MAP is showcasing artists and pedalists involved in Charm City’s evolving alternative energy culture. With philosophies around transportation influx, one of MAP’s hopes for the exhibition is that it will bring together bicycling and sustainability constituents from different backgrounds, including recreation, art, transportation, community development, health, and government around a common purpose.
MAP program director Sophia Rutka said the inspiration for the show came from MAP program advisory chair Dawn Gavin. An associate professor in Drawing and Foundations at the University of Maryland College Park, professional artist and avid bicyclist, Gavin is also curating the exhibition.
Among the artists: Eric Dyer, an associate professor of Animation/Interactive Media at UMBC, will present a video short, “Copenhagen Cycles;" sculptor Joshua Wade Smith is contributing a piece and performing as well on opening night; and Chris Bishop, of award-winning Bishops Bikes, will bring several custom-built frames to the exhibition.