Rack Up the Art

Posted by Hannah Sayle on Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 8:32 AM

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40 Bike Rack Maquettes opens on Friday October 8, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at the UrbanArt office on Broad Avenue. Gadsby Creson's miniatures couldn't be displayed at a better time, as Memphis has recently been realizing its potential to be a greener, more bicycle-friendly city.

"One of my goals in getting my MFA was making public art," says Creson. "And I had, just as a first semester graduate student, applied to some of the national calls for bike racks. In doing so, I realized I was just doing little sketches of my proposed racks and not really giving them a good idea of what it would look like three dimensionally."

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So, Creson started to look at sculptural representation, focusing on small, 6"x6" maquettes based on Richard Tuttle's style of sculptural construction. "It lends itself very well to setting up a little environment," she says, "for giving the bike racks a little space."

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Creson's exhibition comes after Urban Art put a call out last year for student work to display in their storefront gallery. "The series is called Works in Progress," says Creson, "so I thought it would be a great opportunity for me to practice these different maquettes, so that when a real call does come up, I'll actually have a maquette that I can mail them. I thought bike racks would be an easy starting point to do public art because there are so many of them and are usually pretty simple to create."
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As for making the maquettes into life-sized, functional bike racks, Creson says that is her ultimate goal. "Hopefully in the future there will be an opportunity for me actually to make these. Maybe one business might say, 'That would look good in front of my restaurant or hotel.' Or better yet, on the Green Line."
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The exhibition will last from October 8, 2010 through January 28, 2011. Viewings of the exhibition after opening night will be by appointment only. To schedule an appointment to view the exhibition after the opening, please contact info@urbanartcommission.org
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