The following is a series of portraits I snapped of those who participated in decorating a rim over May 2nd – 4th at the Ministry of Casual Living for 150 Bike Wheels Later.
Connection people through art~
86: This is the last I saw of my dear friend, as he left for a plane the next day to move to Alberta. His support and enthusiasm towards the arts will be greatly missed here in Victoria.
Graham Cliff: Always finds the time to come out and support my crazy artistic endeavours. Also a fellow creative, who plays saxophone and is a videographer.
Brian Standsonstuff: Has he ever missed a show? This guy even lent his time driving me to a gig all the way out in Colwood. What would I do without you buddy…
Ezra Allen: This was the first time we had met! Though I had heard great things about this youngster through her parents. It was great to have a young person involved in the creation process. She even came back a second time!
Kennedy Healey: A “Charlotte’s Web” inspired wheel that reads “SOME PIG”. My first wheel was spider web inspired (inspidered?). I’ve always sensed similarities between me and this saucy individual. They inspider me and I always feel lucky to be caught in their web.
James Ascher: Meet the star of the show! Seriously, almost any time some one pointed out their favourite wheel, it was his. This methodically inclined creative genius created a 2D version of the 4D cube. I won’t mention how long it took, but this guys got a passion for art and bikes.
JJ Teirney: From stranger to friendship, this guy rolled in from the streets off his bicycle. Seemingly not in a rush that day, he joined in the fun! Definitely pushed the creativity and even took the time to wrap yarn around the edge of the rim.
Alysha Farling: Fellow garbage hoarder, this lady makes beautiful installations out of recycled materials! I first saw her and her work at Creatively United last year. I’m so pleased she participated and am looking forward to collaborating with her more!
Matt M: I met this guy at a dance party in a large crowd of people. I see the back of his hoody with an image of a bike and I freak out. We’ve been friends ever since. Not only does he love bikes and coordinates Pedal-to-Petal, he’s also a fellow creative and helped me design my business cards. He’s pretty much my go to digital guy.
Anita Sarick: This lady is new in my life and I’ve met her a few times now. Was it pizza on the brain for this one? Every wheel made is one step closer to the end goal. I was pleased to have her company in this venture.
Brain Stubbs: This guy has wheels on his brain. Seriously though, a significant character in the development of my art practice here in Vic. He has hosted me making a mess of his place visually and audibly, among other things and people. Many other people in fact. A staple in Victoria’s underground art scene.
Padra: And here we have it, the instigator. This guy showed me how to make the DIY strings of LED’s. He has supported me in numerous ways on many occasions. In fact, I’m pretty sure one brainstorming session later and the bike wheel dome proposal was created.
Thanks Meesh for hosting us at the Ministry of Casual Living
I am so grateful to all that participated. Also not everyone who made a wheel got photographed for what ever reason. I thank you all who have participated. This includes, listing to me talk about the project, maybe you brought me a wheel, or drove me and my stuff around, or brought me food while I was hard out. Seriously we are all in this together. I can only do what I do with the help of those around me. Also the entire purpose of projects like this is for everyone to enjoy and experience it once it’s made. We need each other and art to survive, bottom line.
<3 Bike love to you all!