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Motorcycles as Art exhibit draws next generation of motorcycling’s masters

By Press release

Sturgis, S.D.—An incredible group of young builders and artists who have been inspired by the iron stylings of previous generations will be creating new works that reflect the attitude and attributes of the present in the Buffalo Chip’s 2017 Motorcycles as Art exhibit, “Old Iron/Young Blood; Motorcycles and the Next-Gen,” curated by famed motorcycle photographer Michael Lichter. Forty builders under 36 years of age have accepted the challenge to build a custom masterpiece especially for this exhibit, each of which will be displayed atop elevated pedestals and lit with theater lights to better give guests an open view from every angle. The exhibition is free to the public and open in the Buffalo Chip’s Event Center 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 5 through Friday, Aug. 11. More information can be found at MotorcyclesAsArt.com.

Creating an exhibition themed around the next generation of builders and bikes ensures an incredibly diverse offering, from cafes to street trackers to old school choppers and modern customs. Some builders, such as Matt Olsen, Matt Walksler, Zach Johnson and Zach Ness, grew up in their own family’s motorcycle businesses, while others came into building when they were older, eventually starting their own commercial shops. Still others have day jobs and work on their bikes in home garages in what waking hours they have left. 

“The 40 builders and 14 two-dimensional artists will come together as 53 creatives to examine just what this generation is interested in, what they are capable of and what is coming around the bend,” said exhibit curator Michael Lichter. “In addition to an age limit on the builder, each bike must be a new build completed within a few months of the show opening and many of the bikes will be ‘unveiled’ for the first time at the exhibition.”

Throughout the history of motorcycle customization, one can see that individual artists draw inspiration from his or her most impressionable moments, experiences which often mark both the timeline of their lives and of an entire generation. The old iron that returning veterans of the ‘40s twisted, stretched and chopped echoed the frustrations of a generation of GIs who were ravaged by war and yearned to be free. Today’s young bloods are creating bikes that are inspired by old iron, yet reflect the more calculated interests and accessible technology of the present. Though many define this generation as “Millennials,” the burgeoning masters of the motorcycle industry displaying their work in this exhibit have broken any constraints or negative stereotypes associated with the term.

“Michael has again put together an exhibit that explores the changing landscape of the motorcycle culture in a way that only the world’s leading motorcycle photographer could reveal,” said Rod Woodruff, Sturgis Buffalo Chip President. “We are witnessing the birth of a new generation of talent, the up-and-coming masters of an art. This exhibit offers the chance to simultaneously see the wave of the future and the influence of the past, an opportunity no biker should miss.”

The Builders

The 40 custom motorcycle builders and 14 two-dimensional artists under 36 scheduled to present their masterpieces at the 2017 “Motorcycles As Art” exhibit are:

AJ Harris – North Texas Tattoo Company & Royal Enfield. Fort Worth, TX / Royal Enfield B5 Bobber.

Brad Gregory – Glenwood, IA / Deraked H-D Evo Chopper

Chris Graves – Harley-Davidson. Milwaukee, WI / 1959 H-D Stroker Panhead Chopper

Christopher Milanowski – New Berlin, WI / 1942 H-D WLA Hotrod

Christian Newman – Buffalo, NY / Stainless 1940 H-D Knucklehead Chopper

Cristian Sosa, Sosa Metalwork. Las Vegas, NV / BMW R NineT LSR Inspired

Dalton Walker – Split Image Kustoms. Hanford, CA

Dan Riley – Gunn Design. Burnsville, MN / Soulfuel BMW NineT

Duran Morley – Roland Sands Design. Los Alamitos, CA / 1952 H-D K-model Scrambler

Dustin Maybin – Eastern Rod & Chopper. Hendersonville, NC / 127″ Evo All-Metal Bagger

Giuseppe Carucci – South Garage Motor Company. Milano, ITALY  

  1. Shia – Madhouse Motors, Boston, MA / 1971 BSA A65 Cafe Racer

Jake Cutler – Barnstorm Cycles. Spencer, MA / 93″ S&S Knucklehead

Jay Donovan, BareSteel Design, Victoria BC Canada / 1976 Yamaha XS-650

Jesse Srpan – Raw Iron Choppers. Chardon, OH / 2017 S&S 124” Evo Chopper

Jody Perewitz – Perewitz Cycle Fabrication. Bridgewater, MA / 1963 H-D Scat/Hummer Mini-Bagger

 Joe Lingley – Live Free Cycle Sales. Epping, NH / 1937 H-D 80″ UH Flathead Chopper

Johnny Branch – Branch Engineering. Wildomar, CA / 1949 H-D Panhead chopper

Jordan Dickinson – Union Speed And Style. Monticello, MN / H-D Knucklehead Bobber

Justin McNeely – Hooked on Speed. Jackson, MO / H-D Shovelhead Chopper

Karlee Cobb – Klock Werks. Mitchell, SD / 2016 Indian Scout Chopper

Len Kodlin – Fred Kodlin Murdercycles. Borken, GERMANY / 2016 H-D 750 Street Custom

Matt Harris – 40 Cal Customs. Alcoa, TN / 1929 Harley-Davidson JD “Speedster”

Matt Olsen – Carl’s Cycle. Aberdeen, SD / HD Knucklehead

Matt McManus – Carolina Classic Cycle. Indian Land, SC / 1942 H-D Knucklehead

Matt Walksler – Period Modified. Waynesville, NC / 1929 H-D JDH Cut Down Racer

Max Hazen – Hazan Motorworks. Venice, CA / 2005 Supercharged KTM Boardtracker

Nick Beaulieu – Forever Two Wheels. Windham, ME / Old School H-D Evo Chopper

Nick Pensabene – Mad Pen Cycles. Edgewater, FL / 1974 H-D Shovelhead Chopper

Nikki Martin, Roy’s Toys Customs, Centennial, CO / 1999 H-D EVO Chopper

Paul Miller – PanicRev Customs. Calgary, CANADA / 1972 Yamaha XS650 Street Tracker

Peter and Michael Muller, Federal Moto. Chicago, IL / 1983 Honda CX650C Supermoto/Supermotard

Ryan Stephen – Freestyle Supermoto. Racine, WI / 2014 KTM 690 Duke Custom

Savannah Rose – Viola, WI / Rigid H-D Evo (S&S Top End) Sportster Chopper

Steve Dietzman – Studio Cycles. Milwaukee, WI / H-D Shovelhead Chopper

Taco Rodriguez – Taco Kustoms. Daytona Beach, FL / 1962 H-D Retro Panhead Chopper

Terence Musto – Fabbro Industries, LLC. Voorheesville, NY / 1966 H-D Chopper with Integrated Suspension

Zach and Jake Hindes – Prism Supply Co. Charlotte, NC. 1948 H-D Panhead Chopper.

Zach Johnson – Kendall Johnson Customs. Winston-Salem, NC / 1989 H-D FXR Custom

Zach Ness – Arlen Ness Enterprises. Dublin, CA

Artists presenting works:

Alex Hamilton – Prescott Valley, AZ / Biltwell Helmet Painting

Amy Hood – Hoodzpah Design. Newport, CA / Linocuts

Andy Cunningham – Portland, OR / Graphic Illustration and Biltwell Helmet Painting

Brenden Parsons – East Brookfield, MA / Biltwell Helmet Painting

Carter Asmann – Carlsbad, CA / Pencil illustration

Christina Platis – Ace of Hearts Tattoo, Long Beach, CA / Biltwell Helmet Painting

Cory Jarmin – San Francisco, CA / Ink on Paper

Narihiko “Heeko” Kumagae – Long Beach, CA / Photography

Jody Perewitz – Perewitz Cycle Fabrication. Bridgewater, MA / Biltwell Helmet Painting

Josh Kurpius – Milwaukee, WI / Photography

Kayla Koeune – Inferno Art Studio. Longmont, CO / Oil Paintings, Pen and Ink and Biltwell Helmet Painting

Mikey “Revolt” Arnold – Lowbrow Customs. Medina, OH / Photography

Samson Hatae – Thousand Oaks, CA / Photography

Taylor Schultz – Schultz Designz, Windsor, CA / Biltwell Helmet Painting

The show will also include a display of ten hand-painted helmets, each from a different artist, provided by Biltwell Helmets, an exhibition sponsor.

For more information about the Buffalo Chip’s free-access MAA exhibit or to learn about events that come free with a campground admission pass, visit BuffaloChip.com.

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