This weekend our good friend Ryan introduced us to Vancouver artists Ken Gerberick + Janis Corrado. We visited their studio and had our minds officially blown.
Ken’s studio is a visual overdose and after three hours of wandering though his labyrinth of floor to ceiling assemblage art and multiple garages housing numerous art cars, we stumbled back out onto the street in a daze. Ken’s use of found materials, from back lit toothbrush handles and taillights, to fragments of neon sign tubing flooded our brains with thousands of details all at once.
Seeing so much raw creativity all at once was almost too much to handle, though completely inspiring. Back out on the street we watched a familiar stream of one-colour cars drive by and thought of how severely we are lacking Ken’s type of excessive creativity in our day to day. We have a lot to learn from his endurance and enthusiasm.
Ken Gerberick and Janis Corrado will be joining us on Sunday August 21 for our Art Car Workshop at 1305 Frances St. (Clark & Frances behind the Vespa shop). We’ll be there all day eccentrifing our tour vans and any other cars or bicycles brave enough to enter the lot. Come out and join us. Learn professional techniques and get inspired.
Christian with the Joy Machine (first in it’s compact tandem configuration, then assembled as a tall bike). Zenga Bros. workshop, Vancouver BC
The bicycle is the ultimate overland vehicle; rideable art that can just about save the world. While there are many popular type of bicycles there is one which has remained on the fringes:
The Tall Bike
For over a decade the Zenga Bros. have been experimenting with bicycles of all shapes and sizes and have now developed a performance tall bike:
The Joy Machine
We are in the workshop today and will be presenting more on the Joy Machine throughout the week.
Eccentric Van on Flickr.
Sanctioned for Eccentrification by the Federal Motor Vehicle Society.
73 Ford Econoline on Flickr.
Stephen recently picked up a 73 Ford Econoline and it is ready to be Eccentrified!
Big thanks to Tom for building the Eccentrification Tour website. I’m really excited about it. It’ll be a nice digital home for everything around the tour: preparations, inspirations, rare videos from the vault, updates from the road. It’s about time. Check out more Tom Froese here: http://tomfroese.com/
Get your tall bike, art bike, whatever bike ready for the Art Bike Expedition & Camp Out which rolls out of Vancouver on August 22nd. We’ll be camping out and returning the following day. Meeting spot and camp site to be announced very soon.