Looking back reflecting on the week skiing into the Wind River Range in Wyoming, new work and images to follow. Wanted to share some snap shot from the expedition, and of the ahkio drawings made by pulling the sledge through this terrain. Here is a sneak peek. Map below indicates campsite for three nites of the seven day trip.
I began working on this new drawing project over the course of spring break, which entailed creating a series of drawings through the use of a drawing apparatus pulled in a Paris Expeditions sledge. I have been referring to these as ahkio drawings. Ahkio is a Finnish term, derived from the Lappish word ‘akja,’ for an open, canoe-shaped sled. Diffused through Scandinavia, the ahkio was adopted by the military as an item of equipment for over-snow movement a vehicle of various forms, mounted on runners and often drawn by draft animals, used for traveling or for conveying loads over snow, ice, rough ground.
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.
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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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
Heart to Heart
May 19th through 25th artist Karri Dieken and myself will be touring across the state of South Dakota, while creating a series of seismic drawings, a photographic journal, and video documentation, cycling for Art and Education. The work will then be on display at the South Dakota Art Museum the end of 2014, as part of the Heart to Heart exhibition at the South Dakota Museum Art Museum.
Karri Dieken will be completing floor piece for the exhibition made of bicycle tire tubes and fibers, a cozy for my cyclocross bike, cycling jerseys [pattern created from one of my seismic drawings, and a fibers wall hanging. more information will be posted the closer we get to the trip date.
Heart to Heart Exhibition at the South Dakota Art Museum in Brookings SD end of 2014
Collaborative between 10 artist couples from around the US. Featured artist include:
Karri Dieken and Michael Baum (Spearfish, SD)
Kristyn Weaver and Peter Reichardt (Brookings, SD)
Diana Behl and Andrew Kosten (Brookings, SD)
Patti Roberts-Pizzuto and Johntimothy Pizzuto (Burbank, SD)
Amy Fill and Mike Hill (Volin, SD)
Mary Selvig and Marty Wanserski (Sioux Falls, SD)
Julie Punt and Jerry Punt (Sioux Falls, SD)
Sara Christiansen-Blair and Greg Blair (Aberdeen, SD)
April Holder and Hoka Skenandore (Shawnee, OK)
Sara Woster and Rob Fischer (Brooklyn, NY)
Premise: include one work by each artist and then one collaborative piece per couple.
A collection of studio photos, works in process, exhibition images, and additional visual residue from a contemporary artist at work.