Odoni at Artcrank
Well, just how good was Artcrank? As I’ve mentioned previously, I didn’t get to make the grand opening, which – judging by the photographs on flickr – was a pretty lively evening. I have it on good authority (Chris the exhibition organiser) that our racks were put to very good use and lots of two wheeled lovelies were tethered up to them. Good stuff. Nothing would ruin your night more than discovering that your steed had sailed off into the sunset underneath the rear of another. So…..what was the art like? Well one week after the whole party started
I made it to London to check out the goods; and pretty bloody impressive they were too. Certainly impressive enough for me to part company with a few bob and come home with a nice new wall adornment. Ironically after much mental wrestling at the exhibition, on my return my wife suggested that I should have spent even more cash and come back with another two. Damn. From the images on this post and the video on our Flickr account, I’ll let you ponder which ones they might have been (Hint: The Nurse household loves retro). Answers on an e-card please. And finally….what was the venue like? Excellent. That one was easy. ‘Look Mum No Hands’ has pitched itself just right. Bikey enough to satisfy the inner velocipedist, but equally welcoming to those seeking a splendid caffeine hit. I haven’t had a flat white that good since Chez Eelco closed in Nelson, NZ (not that I was a regular there. The commute would kill me). The menu was also superb (who ate all the pies? Me – steak and cheese ones). To my mind, cafes should have soul. They should be intellectually stimulating spaces that invite debate, conversation and dialogue; you wear a good cafe like a favoured old t-shirt. If I was opening one tomorrow, this is how I would do it. But then I am a cycle obsessed coffee nut with a large appetite, so you could say I’m biased.
In summary, great use of our racks (pictured again. Sorry), great exhibition, great venue. I’m just glad that we had the opportunity to support fellow members of the cycling fraternity in a meaningful way. Roll on Artcrank 2012. See you on opening night.