April 13th | 6:15 pm | Richard Varner Family Gallery
Guest curated by Paul d'Orléans
In celebration of the world’s first exhibit to highlight the world of alternative motorcycle customization, the Petersen Automotive Museum will host a private opening reception on Friday, April 13th with live entertainment, food, and a panel discussion featuring Charles Flemming, Richard Varner, and Paul d'Orléans.*
Custom Revolution gathers the most avant-garde and influential custom motorcycles from independent builders around the world. These young mavericks push the creative edges of motorcycle design, using both new and old engines, new and old chassis ideas, and truly innovative styling. It’s a whole new scene, led by globally connected, internet savvy designer/builders, whose work has grown beyond the “show” circuit to dramatically influence the current generation of factory-built machines.
Custom Revolution presents, for the first time in one location, the work of the most influential “alternative custom” motorcycle builders of the past ten years. These international stars include Ian Barry (Falcon), Shinya Kimura (Chabott Engineering), Revival Cycles, Roland Sands, El Solitario, Deus, etc, with bikes from the US, Ireland, Spain, France, Germany, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Japan. The Internet and press attention lavished on these builders is astonishing; they have millions and millions of fans around the world watching their every move, including the design teams at the big factories. Each has been approached to collaborate on prototypes or show bikes by the likes of BMW, Yamaha, Harley- Davidson, or Ducati. Some have created iconic machines using factory support, and the influence of all these designers on the motorcycle industry over the past ten years is clear. Factory design teams readily admit following the lead of these “alternative custom” beacons, whose work is now being acknowledged as seminal to a new vision of motorcycling itself.
*Jay Leno and Keanu Reeves will not be in attendance.*