While cycling across South Dakota we became immersed in the landscape, providing a way of exposing ourselves to changing perceptions and new experiences, while acquiring an expanded awareness of our surroundings. Special thanks to SDPB Radio for the on-air support. Listen to the post tour interview here.
Ultimately, the 'Heart to Heart' tour served two distinct purposes within our work. One, a point of departure, viewing the planned future, and two, a point of arrival, which became the completed past. Ann Seymour states in 'Walking in Circles', that the brain operates in terms of both ratio and proportion, in another words measurement. The human body has the ability to operate various systems of measurement, continually tracing its relationship to the land. Thus, coexisting as both a unit of measurement and a map, a recorder of space and time. This demonstrates that the act of cycling, an archetypal symbol of human movement, provides a fundamental function for the human body to measure the landscape.
The tour and 'Heart to Heart' drawings are complete. Seven days of cycling bliss, thanks to all those who supported and helped make it possible. Life is like riding a bicycle to keep your balance you must keep moving.
From the Badlands to the prairies, from tailwinds to headwinds the Heart to Heart tour continues with two big days of cycling left.
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Image of the new Seismic Drawing Box. It is constructed out of balsa wood, with a plexi glass top and bottom. Dimensions 14 x 17 inches.
By Karl Gehrke
Karri Dieken and Michael Baum, both Black Hills State University graduates and adjunct art instructors, are taking their love of art and biking to a whole new level. On Monday, the two embark on a five-day, 442-mile bike ride from Spearfish to Brookings while creating a series of seismic drawings, a photograph journal and a video documentary. Their work will be part of a collaborative exhibit of 10 artist couples from South Dakota and elsewhere. After their cross-state ride, Dieken and Baum will compete their artwork for display in the Heart to Heart exhibition at the South Dakota State University Art Museum in January. The artists will provide daily updates on their journey on their blogs here and here.
Listen to the Broadcast/Interview Here
A collection of studio photos, works in process, exhibition images, and additional visual residue from a contemporary artist at work.