Has it been a month already? That must mean that our favorite stage race has ended and we're moving on to new things, right? Well, that may be partly true, but you've still got a few days to get in to see the most recent show at the ESA Gallery. TOUR is a combination of things, as all these art shows are — part illustration, part recollection and some fun photos thrown in the mix for good measure.
We've been working with Peter Rubijono in one form or another for quite some time. First it was simply racing bikes together. Then, it was racing bikes and making magazines. Shooting photos and riding around the country. Just general mayhem and mystery would be the best way to describe it. All of that is just suffice to say that we've been making it happen together since around the start of 2007. Crazy times with Raleigh race bikes it was.
Peter has even contributed to this very blog at times: On Shaving Vol 1 & 2
Anyway, we're getting off track here. Peter's style of drawing lends itself easily to the storytelling process and so we briefed him on what we were thinking in terms of a "Tour de France, Tour de Force" style show. Julie went back to her roots sending Pete a list stocked with journalists and podium gals and events and photos of the fans lining country roads. Her only real direction was for him to focus more on the idea of the tour than the racers themselves. Everyone knows about them, lets look beyond all that.
The results, as you can see here, are a beautifully eclectic mix of the Tour and Pete's own personal style. They blur the lines between sponsors and legos and legends and podium people. The TOUR is a very real and vibrant place, especially outside of the stages, outside of the actual races that take place.
On the wall opposite Pete's drawings are some photographs from the Tour de France. The smaller images Julie took when she was 11 years old at the TT stage in her hometown of Metz. According to her, the way that it went down was that her father strung some sort of VIP pass over her shoulders and said "meet me back here at 4" then went off to visit with his bike racer friends that were there to watch the race. From there she took her little point and shoot and captured a pretty interesting behind the scenes look at the Tour, from the eyes of an 11 year old.
There is an amazing shot of Cipollini exiting the bus, or Kevin Livingston in full concentration, there is also a cordoned off Festina bus, as if an eleven year old cycling fan could know just what all of that meant at the time. Or maybe she did? Probably she did.
The larger photos on that wall were from our trip to l'Alpe d'Huez last July. The day was hot and so were the racers, I mean, the racing, as they climbed that historic road to victory. Or not as were the case for Nibali, but, we captured him none the less as he made his way through the crowds assembled.
We produced a limited number of Peter's "Fausto" drawing. He was so kind as to paint an original right onto the walls of our gallery, so you should definitely check that out, but we do realize that there are folks that are unable to visit this great state of Oregon, but still want to own a nice piece for the walls of their office, home, or training center.
So, you've got exactly a week from today - July 28th to get in here and see this show. We are stoked at how it came together and that we can continue to collaborate with our dear sweet friend Peter. He is, after all, an integral part of the Athletic Community.