CASEY KELBAUGH, a New York-based photographer, not only
developed an inviting and exciting format for an art show, he took
it on the road. In the summer of 2000, while living in Seattle,
Kelbaugh put on his first Slideluck Potshow, a combination art
exhibit and potluck dinner, gathering friends and fellow artists for
an informal but productive exchange of creative visions.
Since that time, Slideluck Potshow
has grown and expanded into
a template that Kelbaugh and
his producer Carly Planker have
spread to cities around the globe.
Often based on a loosely designed
theme, the show assembles selected
contributors’ work in a slide show
format, fueled by local culinary talent.
point and realized that there were
virtually no accessible opportunities
to share my work, nor were there ways
to see what my peers were up to.
Do you normally have a camera handy
when you’re out on your bike? Not
as much as I used to. Mine’s too
heavy and my iPhone is too handy!
In May 2012, Kelbaugh launched the
first Slideluck Bikeshow to celebrate
the bicycle and its enduring inspiration
to artists. Nineteen slide shows were
selected for a special evening of
outdoor food, music, and conversation
on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
Has there always been a subliminal tie
between cycling and art shows, or did
that simply grow out of your love for the
bike as daily transportation? It seems
counter intuitive, but I only really got
into cycling when I moved to New
York City. It’s by far the most efficient,
logical, and fun way to get around
town. I live in the East Village of
Manhattan and I’ve been riding every
single day for eight years; it’s very
rare that I clock more than 10 miles.
Will there be a follow-up Slideluck
Bikeshow in NYC or elsewhere? We
definitely would like to see it happen
again. We like the idea of having it
travel to different shores and having
it be tied together thematically,
but somewhat localized each time.
We currently have interest from
the Bay Area and São Paulo.
The Bikeshow was full of good cheer,
good beer, original and unique
submissions. While every slide
show was worthy of the assembled
crowd’s attention, it was German
photographer Dirk Anschütz who
captured peloton’s eye with his series
of off-beat, original portraits.
After the show, we put a few
questions to Kelbaugh to learn
more about Slideluck and his own
adventures on two wheels.
I guess I like it because I’m too
impatient to wait for subways, too
cheap to pay for taxis, and it’s an
opportunity to be outside and off my
computer. It’s a fantastic way to get
to know the city in its entirety (rather
than pockets of it), it’s good exercise
and it allows you to view New York
from the street, which gives you a
much better perspective than you get
from a crowded sidewalk.
You recently held a Slideluck Potshow
in London. How do the entries and
atmosphere vary from city to city?
I would say that the London show,
which was about gender and identity,
probably had a very different vibe
from the Bikeshow. The artists
involved, the location, theme,
food, and people who attend really
inform the vibe of the evening.
What’s your ride of choice? I ride a
1977 Schwinn Sportabout. It’s very
upright, so I’m able to really observe
what’s going on around me. I’ve
always felt that cycling was New York
City’s built-in adventure sport. There
is absolutely nothing like bombing
down Broadway. It feels like skiing.
Since every one of those elements
changes each time, I would say
that not only are all of the shows
localized, but every single one is
unique and quite distinct. ]p[
When did the Slideluck Potshow
concept develop? Slideluck was born
from a desire to bring to people
together and a frustration with outlets
for creative expression and dialogue.
I was starting my photo career at that
More: slideluckpotshow.com; knipser.com
Text > Chris Henry
Images > Dirk Anschütz