Michael Baum and Karri Dieken, both Black Hills State University graduates and adjunct art instructors, are taking their love of art and biking to a whole new level.
| On Monday, May 19, Michael Baum and Karri Dieken, Black Hills State University graduates and adjunct art instructors, will begin a five-day, 442-mile bike ride from Spearfish to Brookings while creating a series of seismic drawings, a photographic journal and a video documentary.
On Monday, May 19, the two will begin a five-day, 442-mile bike ride from Spearfish to Brookings while creating a series of seismic drawings, a photographic journal and a video documentary. Their work will be part of a collaborative exhibit of 10 artist couples from around the United States. Once the tour is complete, the two artists will complete their artwork to display in the Heart to Heart exhibition at the South Dakota State University Art Museum in January.
“During the tour we will be sharing methods of non-traditional art making, a passion for cycling, and creating connections with each community along the way,” Dieken said.
Each artist will create an original piece of artwork and then one as a couple.
“We are really excited about this idea,” Baum said. He began creating seismic drawings about a year ago, constructing a box with a pen that creates lines based on the vibrations of the bike.
“I get to stay physically fit and create new artwork at the same time,” he said.
Dieken is a fiber artist so her work will include a variety of items, including a floor piece made of bicycle tire tubes and fibers, homemade cycle jerseys she made using one of Baum’s seismic drawings, and a fiber wall hanging. Dieken will also carry a digital camera and video camera to document their journey.
Baum and Dieken will provide daily updates on their journey via blog. To keep updated on their cross-state bike tour go to michaelbaumstudio.com/blog