“Invisible Rider – You are more invisible than you think.”
Silk screen print on black paper.
“Invisible Rider” is a captivating screen print artwork that explores the critical issue of bicycle safety within the context of the Netherlands, where cycling is deeply ingrained in daily life. This thought-provoking piece sheds light on the prevalent problem of cyclists riding without proper lighting in the darkness, posing risks not only to themselves but also to motorists, pedestrians, and fellow cyclists.
The artwork captures the essence of this perilous situation, aiming to raise awareness and promote a sense of responsibility among all road users. Employing the technique of silk screen printing, the composition offers a unique perspective from a third-person point of view. The focal point of the artwork is the powerful illumination emanating from the two large round headlights of a car. Positioned in the forefront, these bright lights demand attention and symbolize the potential danger that lies ahead.
Upon initial observation, the artwork may appear abstract, creating a sense of intrigue and curiosity. Depending on the angle from which it is viewed, the presence of a cyclist becomes increasingly apparent, mirroring the unpredictable nature of real-life encounters. Just as a car driver may fail to perceive the cyclist until it is too late, the viewer must actively engage with the artwork, actively seeking out the hidden figure.
The screen print employs nuanced shades, lines, and contrasting tones to convey the fleeting and precarious nature of visibility under low-light conditions. The composition encourages viewers to engage actively with the artwork, drawing them into a visual exploration that simulates the challenges faced by both cyclists and motorists on dimly lit roads.