Ryan Humphrey, a New York-based artist who stirred it up on the first season of Bravo's Top Design, will re-create his Fast Forward installation that was recently featured in the Queens International with a collection of more than thirty BMX bikes, three versions of Marcel Duchamp's Bicycle Wheel (1913) made from BMX bicycle parts, and a massive rug created with the help of designer Todd Oldham that will wrap the walls of the gallery. Bike ramps in the space will be artfully put to use by Ryan along with selected pro level BMX riders from the Philadelphia area and '80s pro John "Dizz" Hicks.
The kick turn show goes down on Friday, June 19 from 6 to 8 pm, followed by a summer of programs for all ages including artist designed bicycle parades, bikes and trikes family fun day and curated bike tours, all organized by The Galleries at Moore and curated by Lorie Mertes, Rochelle F. Levy Director and Chief Curator.
Here's what the curators of The Galleries at Moore had to say about the venture: "The exhibition celebrates Philadelphia's passion and commitment to the bicycle with a series of changing exhibitions, programs and events that explore the bicycle both as functional object and as a canvas for good causes, personal expression, civic mindedness and political beliefs... In Philadelphia, the bicycle is used in a daily commute to school or work and in the summer as a prime outdoor activity along the Schuylkill River and Kelly Drive. Whether as a mode of transport, healthy hobby, or a world-class sport Philadelphians ride by the thousands on the road, on the track, on paths, and pretty much anywhere two wheels can go."
Fast Forward is on exhibit at the Levy Gallery for the Arts in Philadelphia from May 29 through September 19, 2009.