2014 - Round and Round




(Bi)Cycle Exhibition at West Chicago City Museum. Curated by Sara Phalen and Anni Holm.




For the (Bi)Cycle of Life exhibition I showed an installation piece that investigates the
mental journey a person takes when moving from a place to another. Though the physical journey
might be a relatively straightforward, going from point A to point B, using a transportation system such a plane, a train, or an automobile, the mental journey is a lot less direct, perhaps more akin to a spiral path. Past memories, people left behind, doubts about the decision to relocate, etc. plays like a broken record in a persons head again and again. But with every motion forward another piece of the memory is forgotten, morphs into something new, and is written over by new experiences and stories, though the path allows one to face the memory again and again as they slowly spiral away.

Bikes are very flexible transportation vehicles, yet their capacity in many areas is limited. Traveling with long distances them is difficult, and carrying things on them even more so, especially over long distances. Yet they can are not bound by limitations of planes, trains, or automobiles. They can follow more complex paths, less bound by regulations, can change direction fast, and offer more flexibility in navigating difficult terrain, physical or mental. They are better in reflecting the whim, curiosities, and choices of their riders. The City of West Chicago provides the perfect back drop for this difference as a junction town of planes, trains, automobiles, and bikes.

'Round and Round,' constitute of a bike, painted over with blackboard paint, and covered with various memento objects, also painted with blackboard paint. Some of the painted objects are be placed on the path of the bike, trailing it, indicating that it is following a path. While the objects that imply that they have fallen off of the bike give the appearance to have been left behind, the spiral trajectory of the bike affords remembering, recalling the objects and the memories they represent again and again. Only, each time the path crosses a the same it is a little more distant, there are more objects, and the view is from a different perspective. Spectators are allowed to use chalk to write words, or simply draw on the objects and the bike.