“The Devil's Staircase" by Roger WilliamsWhat it is: A “deconstructivist” takes on a motorcycle hillclimb, by Ohio painter Roger Williams, with layers of images that express the complexity of the subject in overlapping symbolism. What the artist says:“Chad Disbennett, the 2004 AMA National Hillclimb Champion, is a relative of mine, and I wanted to do a painting of Chad with his 800cc Triumph, No. 17. The painting is deconstructed images, layers and overlaps in bright pop colors. Deconstructivist art is on-edge art that came after Postmodern art. Conceptually, you see gears, a hurricane, a stick of dynamite, tattoos and just profiles of things and movement while airborne.”
“Foo Rider,” by Jeff GaitherWhat it is: Artist Jeff Gaither invented the idea of a “Foo Rider” based on the WWII fighter pilot term “Foo Fighter,” which these days would be called a UFO. Gaither’s Foo Rider is conceived to take that idea and flip it. The helmeted creature is imagined to be a fanciful gremlin-chasher, traveling along with the motorcyclist, chasing away mechanical snafus and generally bringing good luck.
How it works: Though primarily a work of art that displays as a sculpture, the piece also employs a removable helmet that can be worn on a motorcycle journey. Removing the helmet reveals another eye underneath that is part of the base.
How it was made: Gaither started with a Bell 500, painted it with acrylics, built the base using a wire armature covered with foil and polymer clay.