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About this Poster

I'd like to tell you the story of a man who is 100 years old, riding his bicycle through my neighborhood with birds resting on his shoulder to feel the freedom of his ride. Unfortunately, if I did it would be entirely fabricated. Truth is, I wanted to represent the quick transition from a boxed-in neighborhood to the freedom of nature that exists just seconds from my home in the form of a bike trail. The old man himself is a loose dap to the railroad that used to run along that same path.

18.0″ x 24.0
French Paper, Construction, Whitewash
2-color screen print

Meet Jake Rath

Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA

I've been out in the real world (post BFA) for 4ish years. About a year ago I began creating work for a new micro brewery, a relationship with great artistic freedom. It has been where I've started what is apparently becoming a portfolio of long-armed figures whose portraits suggest a narrative. I also love the frustratingly wonderful process of screen printing and print from an entirely handmade setup in what is supposed to be a dining room in my flat.

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Back Story

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Out Of The Boxes

Honestly, I just began sketching. I don't ride much through Wisconsin winters, being as they are icy and frigid (and my tires may be past their prime). So I reached to the bike trails just two blocks away. I've long used these trails, filled with trees, the river and all things nature, to escape what can often feel like a series of boxes in a heavily populated college campus, the part of town where I live.

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Take Me to Inspiration

Although riding isn't a direct part of my process, the places my bicycle takes me and the people I see while riding are often used as inspiration in my work.

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Connecting To Spaces

My favorite aspects of the poster are where illustrated and graphic elements are shared, causing a play or transition of space. Most directly in the bike frame representing the roads in the urban area, then again with the beard falling to become leaves of the tree. These elements give the riding figure a direct connection to the spaces he rides through while creating a sense of movement. I also wanted to get away with showing as little of the actual bicycle as possible.