This month, Sprout will be hosting a gallery installation themed “37 Years defined by a single shape… The Crit Plate Shape!” Mike Rodrigues, our featured artists, is the founder of Crit Plate BMX Products, manufactures number plates and 401MADE handcrafting custom cut & sew race wear, for competitions used in Olympic BMX racing. He first designed and developed his iconic Crit Plate number plates in the Spring of 1980 at the age of 14, in Providence. Thirty seven years later, that iconic Crit Plate shape has stood the test of time and has adorned the handlebars of the best-of-the-best in BMX racing.
Eran arrived in Providence in 2016 after 22 years of living and working in Macedonia, Brussels, Jakarta, and lastly Barcelona. Eran is a self-taught painter who began making art while living in Jakarta. His visual arts are rooted in a lifelong involvement in music – Western and Middle Eastern classical, Balkan folk traditions, and Javanese gamelan. Eran responds to the world he hears, not only the world he sees. Using his musical instincts, Eran creates visual rhythm, tempo, harmony and timbre. In Indonesia, Eran was inspired by the inescapable presence of the sea and his experiences underwater; Java’s vibrant batik traditions; and Javanese gamelan music he played. His Barcelona pieces respond to the juxtaposition of Catalan modernisme (Gaudi) and reminders of the region’s Moorish past. Eran’s pen-and-ink work echo Islamic geometricity and calligraphy. He has painted primarily on paper, using water-based media, as well as inks, pencils, and texturing pastes. Most recently, Eran has begun to explore alcohol inks, with their distinct visual possibilities.
Make sure to check out Mike and Eran’s work all of September at the Sprout art gallery and on September 21st at our Gallery Opening from 5-9pm!