Bicycle Skid Marks As Art In ‘Velodrawing’

Piece from Christian Grillitsch's London showing

Just about any first grader with a coaster brake can make a skid mark on the pavement, but how many of us can turn it into fine art? Berlin based Christian Grillitsch is making a name for himself doing just that – skidding his bike across primed wooden boards. It seems simple enough, but not unlike Jackson Pollock’s splatter art, the final product is impressive.

More images and a demonstration after the break

Grillitsch stumbled upon his artistic language when, after skidding and swerving to miss a pedestrian, he observed the texture and shape of his rubber on pavement creation.  His works are a product of sharply honed bike skills and organic instinct and, hopefully, communicate to the world what we cyclists already know, bikes are aesthetic.


As part of his exhibit, Grillitsch is also doing demonstrations.



Grillitsch’s velodrawings such as the piece above are on display at Tony’s Gallery in London through July 15th.



satisFACTORYrider - 06/22/12 - 10:11am

would like to see him do drift marks with paint next

gringo - 06/22/12 - 10:14am

this is a classic example of the following equation:

”I could do that” + ”Yeah, but you didn’t.” = Modern Art

Chis - 06/22/12 - 3:06pm

@ Gringo: +1

BTW, anyone who calls Pollock’s work “splatter art” needs to watch the films of him painting sometime. His work was more calculated than most people realize. Then again subtlety is something a lot of people have a hard time with.

Mike Rubbo - 07/02/12 - 3:14am

Bike art is important in the story of bike acceptance beyond current riders. Art on walls, unlike the the ephemeral images on screens, sticks around and sinks in, working on one’s view of the world.

For example, most people remember, usually fondly, what was on the walls when they were a kid. My bike art is more explicit than Christian’s, but that’s the aim, to sink in slowly…. from walls.

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