Monday 23 October 2017

Basquiat's work on show; riders head to the Barbican - Boom for Real!

Basquiat & Banksy out side for free.
CC Hackney riders from Elsdale and Concorde bases cycled to the Barbican Centre London EC2 to see the Art show of Jean-Michel Basquiat's work under the title 'Boom for Real!'
During time inside the gallery members took part in a fun competition to encourage expression and creativity while looking for designs and ideas to take forward to make some CCH T-shirts with.
Thanks and appreciation must go to Hackney Council & Young Hackney for supporting this activity and to The Barbican for their pricing policy that allows U14s to enter free.  

Most in the group were surprised and impressed by the impulsive and striking style of Basquiat's work, they enjoyed his art and found the works relevant and interesting. They also noted in his 'canvases' that for Basquiat, not being able to afford conventional art materials was no barrier for him; having opted to use scrap objects like fridges and doors to paint and write on.

There were two film areas, one that was showing a rare interview with two of Basquet's friends talking with him about his life and influences and the other a full length feature film about the man and his life in New York in the early 1980's called Downtown 81 - Trailer.  

Neil, Simon & Omarie getting the group ready.
And some thought parking our bikes under ground was a highlight:)
Riding to and from the exhibition during half term was a useful exercise because the roads were quieter than usual and our young cyclists had a chance to practice their safe, urban cycling skills. They saw more of London and learned some routes out of Hackney into the city for future reference. This type of experience is to be continued; where cultural events are visited by bike. Another good result for CC Hackney and our partners.
Young Hackney's Omarie

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