Last years Artcrank Denver bike poster show was the first one promoter Charles Youel had ever produced outside of his home town of Minneapolis. But you know Denver: It was a huge success, drawing hundreds of bike-and-design enthusiasts to East Colfax Avenue to a street party, one where they could also view and buy bike-inspired posters by local artists. Youel notes that the concept has since spread to seven more cities, including London, where hell travel in September.
What makes Denver such a great Artcrank town? Aside from being a true bicycling hub, the city has further appeal in the shape of fashion maven/graphic designer couple Tran and Josh Wills, whose collaboration with Youel has been essential, both in galvanizing the design community and coming up with new ways to dress it up.
I think its good to open it up to a wider audience, Youel says. I see Denver as a model of what happens when you stretch the boundaries of the show outside of the gallery. While were there, well be having a fashion show and a lot of other elements to go with the art aspect. I guess you could say its what I hope all of the shows might evolve into eventually.
Also on the agenda are an interactive video installation by Gutter Bunny, a bike photo booth, a bike-inspired fashion show by Baily Rose, live bicycle-frame painting and special custom tattoos by Think Tank for $50. This is not just for bike messengers or mountain bikers, Youel says. Its for anybody whos ever enjoyed the simple act of getting on a bike and traveling around the city.
Artcrank Denver opens today with a party from 1 to 11 p.m. at Lisa Kowalski Studio and Gallery, 2762 Walnut Street, and continues through September 11, dovetailing with the Denver Bike Film Festival. Limited edition posters are $30 each. For details, visit www.artcrankpostershow.com.
Sat., Sept. 4, 1-11 p.m., 2010