Andrew Smith‘s Vélo, a photographic paean to cycling, summer, and the back-breaking beauty of the Tour de France, opens at Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, on Saturday 30th June with an event that will also feature live music from Jez Matthews and Collette Dutot. The exhibition consists of images taken from Andrew’s book Vélo that has just been released in a first edition run limited to 60 copies. Tim Krabbé, author of seminal existential cycling novella The Rider (‘Sometimes you reach the end of something only because you forget for a moment that it isn’t over yet’) says that in Vélo cycling ‘becomes a visible myth.’
The opening event gets underway at 6pm, straight after this year’s Tour prologue in Belgium draws to a close. If you plan to come on your bike there’s limited lampost space immediately in front of Bank Street Arts but ample parking provisions around Sheffield City Centre. If you’re local it might be worth leaving your wheels at home- a bar will be open courtesy of Café Juniper.
Vélo runs until 31st July. After the opening event Bank Street Arts is open from Tuesdays- Saturdays, 10am- 5pm. You can find Bank Street Arts here.
Hear also: Pete Shelley’s pulsating theme tune to Channel 4’s 1980s Tour coverage.
The shimmering, spectral beauty and uncompromising brutality of the Tour de France passes through Bank Street Arts in Sheffield this summer in the form of Vélo, an exhibition of photographs by artist Andrew Smith. Reframing fragments of Tour transmissions and exploring the mythology and unrealities of cycling (of riders ‘dragging their souls on a string’) Vélo opens on Saturday 30th June at 6pm, shortly after the prologue of the 2012 Tour in Liège has drawn to a close.
The exhibition runs for the duration of this year’s Tour and features work from a book of Vélo. Tim Krabbé says of the book: ‘Cycling was mythical, but it survived its visibility. In Vélo, it becomes a visible myth.’
Vélo is the first of three road-based projects in development as part of the residency I’m undertaking at Bank Street Arts. Andrew is also one of a group of photographers participating in The Motorway Service Station as a Destination in its Own Right, which follows Vélo and Sam Mellish’s Roadside Britain. Updates about all three projects will appear on Twitter.