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John Glassie, Bicycles Locked to Poles

Jen Bekman Gallery
6 Spring Street, between Elizabeth St. and Bowery, 212-219-0166
East Village / Lower East Side
May 11 - June 11, 2005
Reception: Tuesday, May 10, 6 - 8 PM
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Bicycles Locked to Poles, an exhibition of color photographs by John Glassie, coincides with the publication of a book of photographs of the same name.

Glassie made these bicycle photographs between 2001 and 2004, in and around his East Village neighborhood in New York. Glassie’s subjects, lone bicycles in all manner of captive state, are photographed with a mix of wry sympathy and inventory-taking. Frequently bent, broken and made otherwise dysfunctional, the bikes in their altered forms take on graphical as well as anthropomorphic life.

This is Glassie’s New York gallery debut and his first solo exhibition. Glassie works primarily as a writer and his published work has appeared in numerous periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine, The Believer, Salon, Wired and The Ganzfeld. As a young man, Glassie occasionally showed paintings and assemblage pieces in group exhibitions at galleries in Washington, D.C. His photographs have more recently been seen on the late Surgery of Modern Warfare website.
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