By Stephen Irving
Bikes are the world’s most accessible, fun way to get around. Posters are the world’s most accessible, fun art form. Minneapolis designer Charles Youel started ARTCRANK as a way to bring the two together.
ARTCRANK is an art show featuring original posters that celebrate bikes and the people who ride them. Everybody remembers that feeling of freedom that comes with learning to ride a bike, and the artwork in the show connects with people on that level. The posters are also affordable – most sell for around $30 US.
ARTCRANK made its debut in Minneapolis in 2007 and has grown every year. In 2009, the Minneapolis ARTCRANK opening drew more than 1,500 people, and they took home more than $16,000 in posters. “I believe that ARTCRANK can work anywhere there are people who love bikes and art,” said Youel. This year, there are ARTCRANK shows in Minneapolis, Denver, St. Louis and San Francisco – all featuring posters by local artists. Meanwhile, Youel is talking with people in Vancouver, Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, Milwaukee, Des Moines, Chicago, Atlanta, Austin, New York, Boston and Washington D.C. about scheduling shows in late 2009 and 2010.
ARTCRANK St. Louis is scheduled for Saturday, August 29. CHROME Bags hosts ARTCRANK San Francisco on Saturday, October 24. Find out more about ARTCRANK at www.artcrankpostershow.com.