Tuesday, June 21, 2011
If you got a Christmas card from me last year, you have seen the first piece from the Ghost bike series. I am part of a group show next month where the theme is remembering. I will have 5 Ghost Bike pieces in this show. This is brand new work that has not been shown before. I have worked very hard on these pieces. Hopefully you will come out and see it. The show hangs at Gallery 28, 1228 Grant Street @ Columbus, in San Francisco, from June 29, 2011-July 28, 2011. The opening reception will be Friday, July 1, 2011 from 6p-9pm.
A ghost bike is a bicycle that is painted all white and locked to a sign near where a bicyclist was killed or hit. They serve as a memorial for those who have been injured or who have lost their lives on a bicycle. Ghost bikes were created in St. Louis, Missouri in 2003. They have since appeared in many cities around the world. More information on ghost bikes can be found at ghostbikes.org.
I discovered Ghost Bikes while shooting in New York in May 2010. I was touched by the sentiment, and profoundly affected by the visible reminders of how fragile life is and how we as a society must be more aware of our surroundings if we are going to keep each other safe. One can pass a memorial hundreds of times and eventually forget that it is there to commemorate a human life. In an effort to remind us that these installations are to signify a spirit that is no longer with us, I have taken photographs of (living) people in my studio and transformed them into “ghosts” to serve as a symbol of the person who may have lost their life at the ghost bike location; to further emphasize that these people will not be forgotten, and that their lost lives will inspire others to be more cautious when riding a bicycle or driving around bicyclists. It could have been you or someone you love.
Some of you may remember all the photos I did for Fulton Street Bar and Crowbar way back in 1999. Some of them are on display until the end of the month at Bender's Bar and grill on the corner of South Van Ness and 19th Street. If you have a chance, stop in for a trip down memory lane.