PedalArt, Des Moines Social Club
May 4-5, 2012
May 7, 2012
The PedalArt Poster Show took place over the weekend at the Des Moines Social Club. The ballroom at the Kirkwood was brimming with solid iterations of bike themed posters. People flocked to the show, many on bicycles to show their support for area artists and designers. On the whole the show seemed to be successful, with many strong original works and it is evident that the screen printing culture in Des Moines is advancing. Many of the prints were very well executed on a technical level. The show will be hung at Raygun in the east village from May 8th to May 19th so if you weren’t able to make it out, you still have a chance to view the work. More information, including a list of artists, and other bike related events in the month of May, can be found at bike month’s website. Happy cycling!
Bike racks outside the venue were impressively full.
This grouping comprised about a quarter of all the work on display. The work was clipped to cables running the length of the room on both sides. The way the work was hung allowed the crowd to peruse work from left to right, and to get up close and consider each piece.
I had a personal “beef” with the fact the food ran out so quickly. All that was left by the time I got there was bacon grease drizzled popcorn (no joke). Behind the empty food-tray eyesore, and a gaggle of people, is a wonderful grouping on the East wall.
Illustrator David Kallemyn knocked it out of the park again this year. His ability to render light effects and create an illusion of depth in only 5 colors printed is uncanny. This is my personal favorite from the night.
Kate Allen created a poster that had a consistent crowd of people around it. Her humorous take on childhood ambition was incredibly executed.