Saturday, December 1, 2007

Blue Riders Manifesto

"Der Blaue Reiter" (The Blue Rider), painted 1903 by Wassily Kandinsky

Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), was a pre-WWI art movement derived from this Kandinsky painting. His Blaue Reiter was an adventure in the simplification and stylization of forms; in painting theory, figures moving right to left represent leaving home rather than returning. The artists of the Blue Riders movement believed that colors, shapes and forms had equivalence with sounds and music, and sought to create color harmonies which would be purifying to the soul.

Traveling from West to East, we are embarking on a spiritual adventure away from our homes. Riding deep blue motorcycles, we draw curvaceous lines across geographic space, the world our canvas, our souls the paint.

Nels Nelson is a wandering misadventurist searching for quality. Born near Boston, USA, he has bummed his way through Maine, Wyoming, and Alaska as a construction laborer, ski bum, and salmon fisherman.

Eline Bakker Kruijne was born in Nicaragua as a Dutch citizen, but after that things only get more complicated. She grew up in the Netherlands, India, and Hanoi before attending university in Australia.