Tuesday, November 24, 2009

“Procycle 2009” at Machines With Magnets

From our review of “Procycle 2009” at Machines With Magnets in Pawtucket:
You’re looking over the handlebars of a bike, down the narrow canyon between a pair of city buses heading right at you. Sam Rosenholtz’s photo "Chinatown" (pictured here) of riding the wrong way in the middle of traffic defies the rules of the road, but it produces a striking image. The wide-angle lens makes it look as if the bike is parting a Red Sea of traffic. The Brookline, Massachusetts, photographer mounted a camera to the frame of his bike to make you feel you are recklessly there.

The shot is one of the standout artworks in “Procycle 2009” at Machines With Magnets. The theme — an “exhibition of bicycling culture” — seems like perfect idea for the greater-Providence art scene. Cycling and art go hand in hand here, as evidenced by the piles of bike parts awaiting reuse that were one of the standout features of Fort Thunder and other art lofts around town. Providence’s size makes it eminently pedalable and biking suits the environmental, political, and economic stances of many artists in town.
Read the rest here.

“Procycle 2009," Machines With Magnets, 400 Main Street, Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Nov. 5 to 29, 2009.


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