July 11, 2014

ARTCRANK'S One-Night Poster Show Combines Bike Love with Affordable, Local Art

Patrick Murphy    ARTCRANK® 651.728.1939 patrick@artcrank.com

After making its Chicago debut in 2013, ARTCRANK — a pop-up show of bicycle-inspired posters — returns for a one-night event featuring new work by 30 Chicago artists on Saturday, July 19. The show is part of a partnership between ARTCRANK and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE).

The show takes place in the Loop at the DCASE gallery Expo 72, just a block from Millennium Park, from 4–10pm. Limited-edition copies of all posters are available for $50 each, and admission is free.

Born in 2007 from a love for bicycles and design, ARTCRANK has hosted more than 40 “bike poster parties” in U.S. cities, as well as across the pond in Paris, London and Manchester. From the start, the show’s formula has been simple: Throw a party featuring affordable posters designed by talented local artists, celebrating bicycles and the people who ride them.

“ARTCRANK just makes sense in Chicago right now,” says Chicago designer Jenifer Kernica. “It’s a creative, playful event that brings together people who gravitate toward handmade goods, cycling and positive artistic outlets.”

"This is the second year that I've been asked to participate in ARTCRANK Chicago, and I'm incredibly honored to be invited back,” says Chicago designer Robert Isaac. “With the addition of bike share and increased infrastructure, Chicago is becoming more accessible to all types of riding. A show like ARTCRANK highlights not only the diversity of the cycling community, but the world-class artists that call Chicago home.”

While ARTCRANK is best known for bringing bikes and art together, the show also has a charitable component. For the Chicago show, ARTCRANK is teaming up with Lakeshore Beverage and Upland Brewing Co., to offer a selection of craft beers to show goers. Proceeds will benefit Chicago-based World Bicycle Relief, a nonprofit partnership founded in 2005 that’s provided more than 100,000 bicycles to people in developing countries, giving them sustainable transportation and improved access to education, healthcare and economic opportunity.

"We're thrilled to be working with ARTCRANK,” says FK Day, Founder and President of World Bicycle Relief. “Bringing people together over art, bikes and beer while mobilizing others is a win-win-win. Proceeds will help provide life-changing transportation to entrepreneurs, healthcare workers and students in need, while building a sustainable bicycle infrastructure in rural Africa."

In addition to supporting local artists by purchasing posters, attendees can help one Chicago artist move closer to having his or her design immortalized on a Timbuk2 messenger bag. All show goers need to do is post photos of their favorite posters to Instagram with the hashtag “#timbuk2artcrank.” The poster with the most votes will move to a final competition at the end of the year.

ARTCRANK CHI Opening Night Party Details

When: Saturday, July 19 — 4pm–10pm CST


Expo 72 72

East Randolph Street

Chicago, Illinois

What + Why:

• Original prints from local artists – all sold for $50

• Beer from Upland Brewing Co.

• Proceeds from beverage sales benefit World Bicycle Relief


For more information, please visit: artcrank.com/chicago

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