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Site LA Opens “We Ride by Night” Exhibit

8:00 AM PDT on October 10, 2008

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This Saturday Site LA will open a new exhibit featuring the artistic creation of bicyclists about their love of biking in LA.  "We Ride By Night" is curated by Dorothy Le of LACBC fame and features the work of  Stephen Roullier, Ashira Siegel, Leslie Caldera, and Wendy Peng. 

Site LA invites you to their reception this Saturday:

Ride on over to Quiksilver siteLA Saturday, October 11th, 6-9pm for the“We Ride By Night” opening reception. Special musical performances bySuper Karma and Telemetique with dj sets by Laundromat United. Also,burritos will be provided with donation to The Burrito Project.

Site LA is located at 2522 Sunset Boulevard.  To have a sneak peak of two of the pieces and a description in the artist's own words, read on after the jump.

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Critical Mass by Leslie Caldera

Leslie Explains:

I have been making assemblages and collages for over 35 years now.

Iwas inspired to create the works in this exhibition by my experiencesriding with groups of cyclists through the city at night. I strive toconvey through these works, the wonderful freedom and joy I haveexperienced on these nocturnal sojourns.

"TraverseV/Critical Mass" is specifically about the once a month group rideduring rush hour that reminds auto drivers that cyclists have a legalright to be on the street.

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Gold by Wendy Peng

Wendy explains:

I was born and raised in Costa Mesa, CA. It seems that I lived throughthe an age of the "graphic explosion" were graphic design came into themainstream of the world of art and culture. Where t-shirt and shoedesigns became highly sought after and were collectibles. Many of myworks involve using the computer as a tool along with drawing andpainting and stenciling.

The group of work I will be showing at SiteLA are myrepresentations of the different aspects of the current bike cultureand community. Each explorations are drawn and the rendered within therestrictive size and shape of a headbadge. These emblems are a mark of membership to distinctive parts ofthe bike community. The designs are executed on paper in place oftypical permanent bike badge material because like personalities, the badgesareallowed to showcase their design without distractions from the image ofthe bike or the rider. I used a variety of mediums from pencil andpixels towatercolors and acrylics in developing the final design.

"Gold" in particular is a commentary on the Aerospoke and its relativeprofessional status of the item itself and the particular bikecommunity that claims it.

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