Pumped Up! The Art of Wheels Rigs & Hogs

Pumped Up! The Art of Wheels Rigs & Hogs

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Summers in Indiana, it’s easy to come across a street or a parking lot filled with classic cars. Perfectly detailed, shiny automobiles, with their hoods up and their owners standing joyfully beside them, ready to talk about their priceless possessions. South Shore Arts is pleased to celebrate this love of automobiles, motorbikes and body art with the summer-long exhibit, Pumped Up: The Art of Wheels, Rigs & Hogs. The exhibit will feature the work of several artists through a mixture of media from pencil, paint and photography to actual detailed work on cars and custom-built motorcycles.

Of the artists, William Harrison and Laura Cutler focus on the people behind the culture of motorcycles and tattoos. Harrison, a Chicago-based artist with a strong sense of humor, calls himself “a fat, balding, bearded and incredibly handsome artist of international repute.” He draws highly detailed portraits of animals and people, often deceiving viewers with what appears to be a photograph, which on closer examination turns out to be a finely detailed carbon pencil drawing.

Cutler, an artist of many talents who has taught ceramics, figure drawing and oil painting, possesses an acute sense of how to portray the human body; she will showcase oil portraits of people adorned with body art. Cutler looks for a balance of “strength and fragility” in her subjects, her paintings “emitting a stark reality of adversity while at the same time conveying beauty and sensuality.”

Another group of artists will display actual pieces of custom bodywork, their canvas, car parts and motorcycles. Graphic artist and mechanic Jason Zaideman runs his own marketing company but is perhaps best known as the founder of Operation Combat Bikesaver, which serves veterans and first responders suffering from PTSD, TBI or depression.

Every Sunday, Zaideman and his volunteers provide veterans with a form of art therapy by teaching them how to repair, rebuild and create custom motorcycles with donated parts at their shop in Cedar Lake, Indiana. Participants fabricate, weld and paint with the goal of transforming something that was damaged and forgotten into something personal and vital. The motorcycles become self-portraits, each one uniquely designed to reflect the person building it; when completed, it remains his or hers to keep.

Individual bike parts, as well as an entire motorcycle from Operation Combat Bikesaver, will be on display in the gallery during the exhibit.

Artist Dan Helrigel takes inspiration from veterans in his photography, specifically the body art on his subjects, the tattoos giving viewers insight into the veterans’ past experiences. Wesley Bakker evokes the freedom of riding in the open air in his paintings. As he explains, “A rider experiences the weather, the environment, and feelings of excitement and control on a motorcycle. I strive to capture these emotional interactions in my paintings.” Anthony Abboreno paints colorful acrylic and watercolor works of muscle cars and vehicles. He is influenced by Andy Warhol’s pop imagery in depicting iconic images that are unique to American life.

Pumped Up: The Art of Wheels, Rigs & Hogs will open on June 10, and run through August 26, 2018. South Shore Arts will host an opening reception on June 10 from noon to 3pm in conjunction with Family Arts Day at the Center for Visual & Performing Arts. The reception is open to the public and free of charge.

Tags: Arts And Entertainment, Motorcycle, Art Exhibit, Art Opening, Muscle Cars, Tattoo




Event Details

Date: June 10, 2018
Time: 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Location:
The Center for Visual and Performing Arts
1040 Ridge Road
Munster, Indiana 46321

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Contact:
Bridget Earnshaw
2198361839x108
bridget@southshoreartsonline.org


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