Raphael Xavier to Show Photographs of Abandoned Philadelphia Bikes in Gallery Show at Painted Bride Art Center

On March 21st and 22nd, 2013, photographer and performing artist Raphael Xavier will show a selection of images of abandoned and stripped bikes from his documentary project “No Bicycle Parking” at the Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia.

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Performer and Photographer Raphael Xavier documents abandoned and stripped bikes in Philadelphia and cities around the world.

Performer and Photographer Raphael Xavier documents abandoned and stripped bikes in Philadelphia and cities around the world.

“I want to find the owners of the stripped bikes who thought they would never see their bikes again. I want to learn why the bikes were abandoned and never recovered."

Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) February 26, 2013

Photographed over a ten year period, Raphael Xavier’s images of more than 400 abandoned and stripped bikes create a silent tableau of loss and mourning from cities around the world.

The “No Bicycle Parking” art event takes place on March 21st and 22nd at the Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia. The visual art gallery is open from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Many of the bikes were photographed in Philadelphia, where Xavier lives and works. Found and photographed by chance, it was impossible for the artist to learn how and why the bicycles were left behind and never recovered.

Raphael Xavier wishes to record and collect hand-written stories from owners of lost or stripped bikes during the March 21st and 22nd show at the Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia. Bike owners can also send their stories to the artist by email.

Xavier says, “I want to find the owners of the stripped chrome horses who thought they would never see their bikes again. This is a sort of viewing; a celebration or service to put all those unanswered questions to rest, so the bike owners can know that the remains of those bikes are beautifully captured, just as when they first laid eyes on them in a Philly store window.”

Stories from owners of abandoned bikes may be selected for inclusion in the upcoming printed, large-format art volume of Raphael Xavier’s abandoned bicycle art photographs.

The Painted Bride Art Center is located at 230 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106. The Painted Bride is accessible via public transportation and has convenient parking lots nearby. BY SUBWAY: Take the Market-Frankford line to 2nd & Market. Proceed north on 2nd to Vine. SEPTA BUS ROUTES: Market Street (east/west): No. 17, 33, 44, 48 or 3rd & 4th Streets (north/south): No. 57, 5. Old City Parkominium at 231 N 2nd Street offers $10 parking for evening events. The Auto Park at 5th and Market Street is $9.50 after 5 p.m.

About the artist:

Raphael Xavier is an award-winning performing artist, documentary filmmaker and photographer from Wilmington, Delaware. Many of the abandoned bicycles in “No Bicycle Parking” were photographed in cities visited during tours made for the artist’s professional dance career. A principal performer with the world-renowned dance company Rennie Harris Puremovement, Xavier also writes, choreographs and performs solo work and is currently developing a major piece for the stage. One of his shows, The Unofficial Guide to Audience Watching Performance, is supported by the New England Foundation for the Arts, includes consultation and direction by Ralph Lemon and features poet Leigh Nelson. Xavier is a Pennsylvania Fellow of the Arts in Folk and Traditional forms and has been funded by the Independence Foundation and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. His photography has been featured in print publications such as Bike Magazine, Vibe, Blaze and Rap Pages, and was exhibited at the Sweeney Art Gallery’s Re:Cycle–Bike Culture in Southern California exhibit at the University of California, Riverside. For more information, visit http://www.raphaelxavier.com.

About the Painted Bride Art Center:

Continuing its role as a catalyst for independent artists from the region and around the globe, the Painted Bride Art Center enters its 42nd year of offering audiences alternative travel passage to experience a world of culture fueled by various artistic forms and genres including music, dance, theater and the visual arts.

Painted Bride Art Center event contact:     

Lisa Nelson Haynes
Associate Director
(215) 925-9914

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