Dear Antonio Colombo,
I am writing to you on the occasion that I would like to tell you about a project that I’m working on, involving The Laser bikes.
First of all, I would like to mention that I am a huge cycling enthusiast and Cinelli as well as all The Laser bikes has always had my greatest admiration. This art project that I am working on is, in some ways, a direct outcome of this admiration. I want to formulate a comment on a hipster culture who use expensive bikes (among other stuff) to decorate their home, office or display windows with. The art piece I now presenting to you is no decorative object as such. It's a sculpture that has a conceptual meaning. Built and assembled by me, decidedly with poor means but with philosophical and visual qualities as the main subject, meant to be displayed in an artistic context. Because my focus has exclusively been philosophical, the practical qualities that the originals have has been set aside. What I want to achieve with this is a replacement (on a philosophical level) of all the bikes that are used as ornaments, with a sculpture that speaks to the viewer on a different, rather reflective artistic level. Instead of using these fantastic sports machine constructed by some of the best engineers in the world, I wanted to create a sculpture to illustrate my concept, to bring The Laser -with its sculptural perfection- into the contemporary art world (again). That way, hopefully the classic bikes, made by Cinelli, can be used for what they were built for (I speak now not only about The Laser, but about all the amazing bikes that are not used for their original purpose and because I believe that The Laser is number one, it has become model for my sculpting). These are some of my thoughts, and I have here only briefly tried to describe what my project is about. I hope for your reply and comments.
Since this is a first contact, and at this early stage, I understand if there might be some confusion. But if that is the case do not hesitate to contact me and I will try to clarify. I kindly ask you take the time to consider an artist collaboration of a more conceptual nature. I also send some pictures of my build so far in this mail.
I’m currently planning a solo exhibition, which is part of my master's degree in fine art at the Academy of Fine Arts Umeå, in the north of Sweden. The exhibition will take place in the spring of 2014, the year in which Umeå will be hosting the European Capital of Culture, which means a lot of commotion and international features around the whole city. To have your blessing when this takes place would be a great honor.
Mr. Antonio Colombo
Via G. Di Vittorio 21
20090 Caleppio di Settala
Academy of fine arts, Umeå Universety
Östra Strandgatan 32