Thursday, March 24, 2011

Outpost for Contemporary Art/Bike Oven/Kelly Thompson

Outpost For Contemporary Art April's T-shirt revival night Kelly will screening the "sharrow" sign on your favorite tee or perhaps hoodie. As a member of the Los Angeles bicycle community Kelly is dedicated to an open dialogue between rider and driver. For those of you unfamiliar the sharrow it is a pilot project done by La dot (department of transportation) where the "sharrow" a stencil with a bicycle and two chevrons above it was painted on our streets. Usually done on a road with no designated bike lane but with a shoulder, indicating to drivers to "share the road" with cycles.

Artist Statement: As a driver in Los Angeles I didn't even realize what this sign was until I started riding the streets. I think we need a more open communication between driver and rider. As a bike rider in LA I think the sharrow has been a wonderful tool in the campaign for making our roads safe for riders. I have personally noticed that the more drivers realize what the sharrow is and where they are posted that the cars do "share". I see this as a positive change and an important one. Bicycle safety is what I'm personally most care about. As an alternative choice for the T-shirt silk screen I am also designing a more abstract original bike themed image to print. Should be interesting as I've never silk screened before. Oh dear.

We have also teamed with David Matsu at the Bike Oven in Cypress Park on the "spoke card". Please feel free to pick one up at Outpost or Bike Oven. On the back is a copy of the "Cyclists Bill of Rights". These rights are definitely food for thought and a great place to start an open dialogue.

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