Today, I’d like to start with one of the first inspirations for Nomadic Studio and a part of the exhibit. We we first discovered Kevin Cyr’s mobile marvels when doing our research and stumbled upon his epic camper bike in Beijing, and were smitten. Kevin is a painter and illustrator whose subject matter is regularly these hybrid bicycle workspaces that he often constructs for real. Stockyard has always had a trailer fetish, and even used photos with Jim Duignan’s 1969 Shasta trailer in the promotional postcards, banners, and catalogs we had all over the city. The Shasta was actually going to be in the Nomadic, but it just couldn’t fit through the doorway on the loading dock, so it wasn’t meant to be. And though we never met Kevin, we had found a kindred spirit and invited him to be part of the Exhibit.
Much like the Shasta, it was prohibitively expensive to get one of his bicycle studios shipped to us, so it wasn’t meant to be. However, Mr. Cyr kindly sent us some prints of his “Studio Bike”, which we displayed proudly in the Workroom for the entire duration. His work constantly sparks my imagination, and I highly recommend sifting through his site for some inspiration of your own.
Good to be back,