Bike the Art October 2016

Join us for Madison’s second Bike the Art event! This monthly curated bicycle tour of Madison art spaces will take place on Saturday, October 8, 2016, beginning at 12:45pm with an exhibition of sculptures and installations by UW art students at Allen Centennial Garden, followed by a stop at the Class of 1925 Gallery presented by WUD Art in the Memorial Union to see photographs by Colette Girard. The tour will continue with another interactive, food-focused art experience led by The Bubbler’s artists-in-residence, Spatula&Barcode, along with new exhibitions by Bernadette Witzack, Robert Lundberg, Nate Otto, and Christine Olson, plus a special, limited-time Lovey Town exhibition from Gyan Shrosbree. We will then walk across the street to the James Watrous Gallery for the Beading Culture exhibition by Oneida artists. The next stop will be the group exhibition You Can’t Take it With You, curated by Erica Hess, at the Commonwealth Gallery. We’ll proceed to Table Wine on Atwood for an exhibition and artist talk by Trent Miller (with wine samples), and then Bare Knuckle Arts for the Camerabatics teen photography exhibition and a hands-on polaroid project. The final stop will be at Arts + Literature Laboratory’s new exhibition It Can Happen Here, juried by Reginald Baylor, and the participatory Bandit Poetry Project from 4:00-5:00pm.

Bike the Art is FREE and open to the public. Participants are welcome to join the tour at any stage. We will share the group’s location via social media throughout the evening to make it easy to join in. Facebook:; Instagram:

Bike the Art will continue on November 12, 2016.


Times are approximate. Please follow along on Facebook or Instagram if you are joining us en route.

12:45-1:05pm: Allen Centennial Garden
620 Babcock Drive

1:15-1:35pm: Class of 1925 Gallery in Memorial Union
800 Langdon Street

1:45-2:15pm: The Bubbler at Madison Central Library
201 W. Mifflin Street

2:15-2:35pm: James Watrous Gallery
201 State Street

2:45-3:05pm: Commonwealth Gallery
100 S. Baldwin Street

3:15-3:35pm: Table Wine
2045 Atwood Avenue #111

3:40-4:00pm: Bare Knuckle Arts
1949 Winnebago Street

4:00-5:00pm: Arts + Literature Laboratory
2021 Winnebago Street

About the Artists

Allen Centennial Garden: Student Sculptures
Art students from University of Wisconsin, Madison will display site specific sculptures and installations throughout the garden.
Class of 1925 Gallery in Memorial Union: A Unique View of the Ordinary World, Photographs by Colette Girard
Colette Girard’s photographs are inspired by Miksang, a form of contemplative photography that seeks to see the world in a new way, and appreciate the vividness of our visual experience. Girard depicts everyday objects from surprising perspectives while focusing on interesting patterns, vibrant colors, and subtle shifts of light.

The Bubbler at Madison Central Library: Soup and Sourdough Bread by Spatula&Barcode, Lovey Town exhibition by Gyan Shrosbree, and more
Spatula&Barcode makes art projects in which the performance of place and of hospitality are central. Most projects involve conversation and some form of playful gift or souvenir (“swag”). While most Spatula&Barcode projects involve food in some way, their recent series Foodways directly explores the movements of food and food culture. Spatula&Barcode is a “social practice art” group that combines many activities in their projects: interviews and interactions, social media, photography, writing, and public events. Spatula&Barcode is the umbrella name for the work that Michael Peterson and Laurie Beth Clark (both faculty in the Department of Art, University of Wisconsin) make together, but we often say that anyone who works with us on one of the projects is a part of Spatula&Barcode.

Lovey Town is a smallish artist-run exhibition space, showing artworks somewhere on the scale between a thimble and a postcard. Artists participate in the exhibition not only with their works, but also in the form of paper cut-outs made from their photographs. The exhibit on display features painter Gyan Shrosbree.

Also on view are new exhibitions by Bernadette Witzack, Robert Lundberg, Nate Otto, and Christine Olson.

James Watrous Gallery: Beading Culture, Traditional Raised Beadwork by Oneida artists
Beading Culture tells a history of cultural resilience and the role of art in defining community. Featured artists include Rodrick Elm, Sandra Wescott Gauthier, Karen Ann Hoffman, April Jordan, Judith L. Jourdan, James Kelly, Christine Klimmek, Rosemary Powless Malanik, Laura Manthe, Christine Munson, Stefanie Sikorowski, Loretta Webster, Rebecca Webster, and Betty Willems.

Commonwealth Gallery: You Can’t Take it With You, curated by Erica Hess
This group exhibition curated by local artist and MFA candidate Erica Hess brings together works that explore the human body through material impermanence, the friction between states of life and death, and by examining facets of impermanence including disintegration, transformation, ephemerality, belonging and displacement, stability and instability.

Table Wine: Drawings by Trent Miller
This exhibition includes new small-scale drawings by Madison artist Trent Miller that depict intimate looks into the artist’s life and surroundings. The artist will give a brief artist talk and wine samples will be available.

Trent Miller grew up in Indiana and earned an MFA in painting at Boston University. His work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group shows throughout the United States. Recent exhibitions include a solo show (Meet Me at the Edge of the World) at Tory Folliard Gallery in Milwaukee, WI, a drawing retrospective (I & They) at Backspace Gallery in Peoria, IL, and a solo show (Spindrift and Tether) at the James Watrous Gallery in Madison, WI.

Bare Knuckle Arts: Camerabatics, Photographs by Local Teens
New photographs of the Winnebago/Atwood Neighborhood, captured by local teens from Bare Knuckle Arts Photography Class. This exhibition features “twisting, dipping, and twirling,” and other innovative ways of processing photography. Visitors may also work on a small polaroid project to make a pocket passport (suggested $1 donation for film).

Arts + Literature Laboratory: It Can Happen Here, juried by Reginald Baylor, and Bandit Poetry
It Can Happen Here is a national juried exhibition that envisions our post-election future. The show title is a nod to Sinclair Lewis’ 1935 prophetic novel, It Can’t Happen Here, which imagines the rise of fascism in the United States. In an election season characterized by bigotry and extremism—filtered through the sensationalism of a ratings driven media—artists explore the simultaneous promise and fragility of democracy through the lens of collective memory, present realities, and possible futures. Artists featured in the exhibit include: Thomas Ferrella (Madison, WI), Matthew Scott Gualco (Brooklyn, NY), Jeff Lassahn (Chicago, IL), Fatima Laster (Milwaukee, WI), Stephanie Lifshutz (Brooklyn, NY), Guzzo Pinc (Fort Atkinson, WI), Camille Silverman (Chicago, IL), Mark Addison Smith (New York, NY), Bubblegum & Whiskey (Corpus Christi, TX), Nafis White (Providence, RI).

Bandit Poetry: Join us in transforming old yard signs from elections past or present into sheer poetry. Upcycle those messages that supported a particular candidate and/or signified divisions between neighbors into universal messages. We’ll supply poems or you can write or bring your own. Our favorite example so far? History Lessons by Steve Turner: “History repeats itself, has to, / nobody listens.”

Ready to Visit?

Arts + Literature Laboratory is located in Madison’s Schenk-Atwood neighborhood at 2021 Winnebago Street, Madison, Wisconsin 53704.

Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday 11am-3pm during exhibitions or by appointment. Please check the exhibitions calendar before planning your visit, as the gallery is closed between exhibitions and other schedule changes are posted here.


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