Get SF Weekly Newsletters
Pin It

Trust the Carny 

Wednesday, May 21 2008
Comments
Paul Cesewski was a perfect candidate for the S.F. Recycling & Disposal Artist-in-Residence Program. For years, he has been a master of "precycling," raising pedal-powered chimeras from heaps of scrap metal and neglected bike parts. Fans of Cyclecide Bike Rodeo have long delighted in his products: The fire-breathing chopper known as BikeZilla, the human-powered Bicycle Carousel, and the ungainly Wheelbarrow Bike have all appeared amid the jousting and decapitation of lettuce heads. Pilgrims to the desert hinterlands also may have seen his Star Wheel, a 22-foot-wide contraption that resembles a free-rolling hamster wheel from Whoville. Since February, Cesewski has been tinkering away at the dump, transforming the art studio next to the recycling transfer station into "Carnival Mécanique," a patch of cheerful nostalgia in the shadow of the city’s accumulation runoff. As usual, Cesewski has fabricated whimsy-inducing machines out of cast-off gadgetry and bits of whatsit. Be prepared to sweat a little, because whimsy may be free but it doesn’t always come easily.
Fri., May 23, 5 p.m.; Sat., May 24, 1 p.m., 2008

About The Author

Silke Tudor

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed
  1. Most Popular

Slideshows

  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"