Broken Wings Motorcycles Returns After On Loan To 2 Museums
By Daric Gill
After 4 years of travel and 2 museum exhibitions, my piece Broken Wing Motorcycles has come home to live on. The 2 Wheels+Motor exhibit, curated by fellow vintage motorcycle motor-head Ric Stewart, first landed at the AMA Motorcycle Hall Of Fame in Ohio. After spending a couple years on display there it traveled to the National Motorcycle Museum in Iowa. By then, the exhibition had gained more work and momentum.
Comprised of paintings, bronze, mixed media sculptures, prints and photographs, 2 Wheels+Motor garnered a lot of attention by the motorcycle community both near and far. Artists from the US and Canada joined forces by way of Stewart’s vision, in a way that brought together works surrounding the titular theme. Read on to see more of the artwork on display.
Depending on whether or not you follow my art, you may know that I use reclaimed materials in almost every body of artwork I make. If you’re new to my work you can see many examples of this here. Several of my recent artworks have been painted on planks of 100+ yr old reclaimed barn shelving. During its former life, one side of the shelving was protected from the elements with a thick grayish-white paint. The other side was left a rich wood grain that darkened over time from the barn atmosphere. To clean away some of the residue that may have collected over the years, I had to sand down both sides of the wood. Each time I cleaned off the surface residue on the backside, I wondered how I’d use this aged surface in the final piece. Absolute: Earnest is the result.
Today I debut my latest painting, Absolute: Centered. Two concentric circles, aged and worn looking, hide behind a piece of masking tape and locust tree leaves. The frame, like most all my frames, is handmade. Quarter sawn oak has a unique figure that I felt matched the aesthetic undulations in the work itself.
Nail holes, gouged scarring, and rough mill marks add character to the background wood. The cool blue base color offers a rare opportunity to use orange paint (which tends to blend in if the natural wood color is present).
I can already tell that this piece is an exciting transitional piece. Enthusiasm builds as I anticipate what direction this will take me.
The Absolute series of paintings often pairs natural elements along side more man-made subject matter. As I explore my surroundings for content that matches with the overall vision of my next piece, I find that my work naturally has corresponding seasons with the world around me. This year’s spring has brought with it new inspirations and new adaptations. Now introducing Absolute: Mend, my latest oil painting. Continue reading to see more of this piece.