Members of the Toronto-based “all-girl midnight bike gang and design collective” the Deadly Nightshades were among the artists whose works were shown at last night’s jammed opening of Joyride at the Spencer Brownstone Gallery in Soho. The show of art celebrating the bicycle was presented as part of the 11th Annual Bicycle Film Festival, which opens it’s New York City run tonight.

From left above, Irene Stickney, Kirsten White, Laura Mensinga and Cat Essiambre wore coordinated cycling apparel of their own design, including signature necklaces, right, and matching jackets.

Their mixed-media bicycle sculpture was suspended from the ceiling of the gallery.

“It’s our love letter to cycling,” says Mensinga. Through the collective, this group of artists and friends combine their passion for cycling as a transportation alternative with their interest in sustainable design, adds Stickney.

Fabric Bicycle, an 8-minute film directed by Mensinga and White, which documents the three-month process of creating the piece, will debut Saturday evening in the festival’s “Urban Bike Shorts” program. The collective is among only a handful of women whose work is presented at the art show and film fest.

The crowd that gathered at the Spencer Brownstone Gallery spilled onto Wooster Street.

Bicycles were locked, sometimes in layers, to every post and rail in the vicinity of the gallery.

Guests at the opening viewed works in all media, including photography, painting and scultpture.

A gallery visitor took a closer look at "925 Hub" by Takahiro Kudu, mounted on a custom pedestal.

photos: velojoy

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2 Responses to joyride bicycle art show draws full house in soho

  1. [...] which, was far less entertaining than either the runway show or the collection. I’d prefer The Deadly Knightshades crew necklace over ‘RIDE ME’ any day, but there are some fun pieces that are more [...]

  2. [...] that include Seafoam, Velo Yellow and Spoked Salmon. We first encountered the signature look of the Deadly Night Shades (below), know for “sustainable design, along with general mischief,” at the 2011 [...]

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