“No Bicycle Parking” — An Upcoming Photography Exhibit


A new exhibit, “No Bicycle Parking” opens at Philadelphia’s Painted Bride Art Center on Thursday, March 21st. It is the culmination of an ongoing, 12-year photography project– which documents 400+ photographs of abandoned and stripped bicycles from across the world. Photographer Raphael Xavier’s exhibit is culled from photos of more than 400 abandoned and stripped bikes and creates a silent tableau of loss and mourning from cities around the world. The artist will be at the gallery collecting personal stories from owners of lost or stripped bikes for his upcoming book.

Raphael Xavier will record and collect hand-written stories from owners of lost or stripped bikes during the exhibit. Bike owners can also send their stories to the artist by email. Bike owners with stories to share are encouraged to visit the exhibit. “No Bicycle Parking” will be on view March 21 and 22, 2013. Painted Bride gallery hours are 12-8 p.m. Admission is free. A limited number of prints will be available for sale.

Xavier says, “I want to find the owners of the stripped chrome horses who thought they would never see their bikes again. This is a sort of viewing; a celebration or service to put all those unanswered questions to rest, so the bike owners can know that the remains of those bikes are beautifully captured, just as when they first laid eyes on them in a Philly store window.”

Stories from owners of abandoned bikes may be selected for inclusion in the upcoming printed, large-format art volume of Raphael Xavier’s abandoned bicycle art photographs.

Xavier is a Pennsylvania Fellow of the Arts in Folk and Traditional forms and has been funded by the Independence Foundation and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. His photography has been featured in print publications such as Bike Magazine, Vibe, Blaze and Rap Pages, and was exhibited at the Sweeney Art Gallery’s Re:Cycle–Bike Culture in Southern California exhibit at the University of California, Riverside. For more information, visit http://www.raphaelxavier.com.


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