Things change, people change, life changes. I went through a very horrible experience of divorce in 2012, and had to fight to keep an abusive ex from estranging me from my own children. This translated into sticking around the ranch for a while… trips had to be put on hold. Not that there was money left after being cleaned out in the divorce. My advice, if anything as sad as a divorce is in your future, remember: trust no-one, they are not the person they once were, they are being fed advice, angles, and stories to ensure they take all they can… even if they were the abusive one having the affair, they will come at you as if you were guilty of something. Just do yourself a huge favor and watch out for yourself. I was too trusting and did not want to see what was happening. I have paid dearly for that hesitation in action.
Well, with that little diatribe out of the way, I am getting back to the blog and hope to be heading to some events to see old friends, and make new ones. You can certainly find me in Galveston next month, as that is just spittin’ distance from me. Keep an ear to the ground; I may hit Daytona and either Red River or Laconia next year.
And the art exhibitions are going to ramp up. I lost 20 years of exhibition prints in a flood here in Houston (which I was not compensated for by insurance, thankyouverymuchassholes). But I have a few new bodies of work in progress and am always looking for interesting people to work with. If you have an idea, or just like to be part of a project, hit me up and I am sure we can figure something out. At the moment, I am working with “fringe” culture members (1%ers, SMBD Lifestyle folks, Drug Addicts, Abuse Victims, Sex Workers, Upcoming Bands and the Rock & Roll Lifestyle, Sexual Identity Cases, Religious stories and Iconography, Suspension and Performance Artists, Tattoo Collectors, and the ideas of the Fairy Tale… oh, and of course, anything Psychobilly or Punk Rock). It is a lot of ground to cover, but I take it a piece at a time.
Please check back here in the not too distant future to see listings along the lines of what you may have been used to.
The 2009 Schedule Thus Far:
January 9 – 11 : Star of Texas Tattoo Art Revival. Austin, TX.
Feb 27 – March 9 : Daytona Bike Week (Check out ArtBiker’s ’49 Panhead at the Willie’s Tropical Tattoo Old School Chopper Show). Daytona Beach, FL.
May 7 – 10 : New Orleans Bike Week
May 11 – 15 : The Horse “Long Ride” – pick it up in Oklahoma City and follow to Rockingham, NC. ArtBiker will be riding his rigid 1949 Panhead on this trip.
May 15 – 16 : 10th Anniversary of The Horse Smoke Out in Rockingham, NC.
June 11 – 14 : Republic of Texas Rally (ROT Rally). Austin, TX.
August 1 – 14 : Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Sturgis, SD.
October 29 – November 1 : Lone Star Rally. Galveston, TX
All of 2009 will be spent on a photo documentary of the Deacons of Deadwood M/C. This should come out in 2010.
The 2008 Schedule:
January 3 – 6 : Star Of Texas Tattoo Art Revival, Austin, TX.
February 29 – March 2 : Daytona Bike Week, Daytona Beach, FL.
May 15 – 19 : Hell City Tattoo Festival, Killumbus, OH.
June 13 – 15 : Republic of Texas (ROT) Rally, Austin, TX.
August 1 – 16 : Sturgis, SD
September 11 – 18 : ArtBiker exhibition at the Lancaster Museum of Art. Lancaster, PA. ArtBiker will attend the opening on September 11th from 5-8, and will be around for a week to check out the scene and tour the Harley’s Softail Plant. Show is up from September 11th through October 26th.
October 15 – 20 : New Orleans Bikefest, New Orleans, LA. We will be exhibiting and have items for sale!
December 11 – 14 : Lone Star Rally, Galveston, TX.
Upcoming and Recent Exhibitions:
10.13.08 through 11.26.08 – Matthew Linton will have a solo show at the Lancaster Museum of Art in Lancaster, Penn. Opening is from 5-8 on Thursday the 11th of September. Matt will also be giving a lecture the following Tuesday night.
2007 ArtBiker’s images have been published in a new book entitled: Motorcycle. Published by: Reaktion Books, London. ISBN-10: 1861893450
July 2007 – ArtBiker’s image was chosen as the cover image for the latest issue of International Journal of Motorcycle Studies
May 2007 – ArtBiker will be documenting the biker scene in Cairo, Egypt. He will also take time to give a presentation of his work at the Cairo Fulbright Office. Dates and times of artist presentations to be announced.
10.01.06 through 11.01.06 – Matthew Linton will be included in a small group show show entitled “Photo Narratives.” The opening will be October 5th from 2:30 – 5:00 at the Cazenovia College Art Gallery in Cazenovia, NY.
07.22.06 through 08.22.06 – Exhibition of ArtBiker’s photographs at the Seen Gallery in Decatur, GA. Come see our images in context with machines by Discovery Biker Build-off champ Hank Young and other very talented motorcycle artists.
06.09.06 through 06.19.06 – Solo exhibition of ArtBiker’s best work at the Belknap Mill Society in Laconia, NH. This is part of the Laconia Motorcycle Week festivities.
05.25.06 through 06.22.06 – Matthew’s work will be included in the Circus of Books show in Los Angeles, California. Stop by and see a pic of Mrs. ArtBiker (Big Mamma) when she was pregnant as well as one of his motorcycle Polaroids.
05.13.06 – ArtBiker is proud to have work up at the Loyal to None Art Show as Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park, New Jersey. ArtBiker’s work will be displayed with bikes by Indian Larry, Bill Dodge (of Bling’s Cycles), and other artwork by all the custom culture greats!
04.12.06 through 04.16.06 – Matthew Linton will be presenting his work and giving a public lecture at the Popular Culture and American Culture Association’s National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
03.20.06 through 4.15.06 – Solo exhibition of the Roadside America Series the SRO Gallery at Texas Tech University. Lubbock, Texas. Check this one out on your way home from Daytona’s Spring Rally.
03.03.06 through 03.24.06 – Solo exhibition of For Love of the Machine at the DeLand Museum of Art. The Art of Chrome and Leather opens on Friday, March 3rd and will feature ArtBiker’s Motorcycle Art as well as the work of Cyril Huze and Chris Cruz.
Ongoing – ArtBiker’s biker art has been picked up by Advanced Media Technologies and Sony Corp to be used in broadcast programming all over Europe. The company, based in Monte Carlo, will be showing ArtBiker’s Motorcycle Art on high definition flat screen TV’s in public venues during 2006… if it goes well, we will continue to show work in this manner.
www.ArtBiker.com will be appearing in V-Twin Magazine. Look for the January 2006 issue to hit the stands around December 13, 2005. Thanks go to editor Dave Nichols, journalist Kit Maira, and Paisano Publications for the exposure.
11.15.05 through 12.15.05 – Matthew Linton will have a two-person show with collaborator and colleague, Stuart Larson, at the University of Houston- Clear Lake.
Matthew Linton has just published a portion of his images from the series For Love of the Machine in the latest installment of the International Journal of Motorcycle Studies. Check out the images and words here.
08.29.05 through 09.25.05 – Combined Talents: 20th Annual Florida International Competition. Florida State University. Museum of Fine Arts. Tallahassee, Florida.