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February 21, 2005 // UPDATED 1:52 pm - April 26, 2007
By: Anna Pratt
Anna Pratt

Mad scientist

Local artist Gregory Euclide is kind of an artsy mad scientist. I imagine him in a white lab coat with his hair standing on end at the completion of a painting.

Euclide's works are packed with references to radioactive decay, the effect of currents and spores, chaos theories and words like "entropy." He also talks about detectable versus invisible elements of nature and shows force fields orbiting around particulate matter (rather forebodingly).

The ascension of a bird validates the existence of time. Is he talking about pollution? Magnetism? Gravity? Global warming? Are these abstract prophecies? If so, how do we go about unscrambling the riddle?

In a statement online, Euclide wrote that "the layered surface of plotted numbers, charts and maps grow to be an omniscient cartography of the landscape, containing elements of the past and the potential of what is to come."

Euclide creates these complex imaginary visions with a hodgepodge of material, building up layers from which environments emerge. He incorporates acrylic paint, pencil, pen, graphic tape, Litho tape, paper, Mylar, stickers and resin. Together they form serpentine curves, clouds and streaks. The informal viewer steps back to take in the magnitude of these graceful landscapes.

M-Su thru Feb.; 6:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Sa-Su 6:30 a.m.-midnight, Espresso Royale Caf, 1229 Hennepin Ave. S., Free. 333-8882,

Bi-pedal art

Those who love all things bicycle will appreciate "Bikes, Comics, Beer," an art show from local comics artists Andy Singer, Roger Lootine and Ken Avidor.

If you haven't seen these quirky local artists' work already, you might very well have seen the artists themselves as they passed you on the sidewalk, speeding by furiously on their bikes as you trudged down the sidewalk oh-so-slowly, tardy to your next destination. Or maybe you caught them pedaling oh-so-gingerly as you waited impatiently at a bus stop.

In any case, it probably made you wish you were riding their bikes. These avid bikers claim not only the health benefits of pedaling, but also espouse the environmental virtues of the activity in addition to sporting soft spots for the gadgets involved in their preferred recreation.

Singer, Lootine and Avidor will all tell you that every biker is unique. Some bikers want to travel short distances, others prefer long rides; some expect to navigate rough terrains, while others seek smooth roads. Some wouldn't be caught dead on a bicycle-built-for-two (or more); others are proficient unicyclists.

Some value their vehicles for savvy athletic features (like those of a mountain bike); others appreciate the sleek design of their locomotive structures (like the elegant "Bianchi Auto Milano" model).

The trio of cartoonist-bikers proudly apply their passions to their comics with illustrations that have everything to do with bike culture at One On One Bicycle Shop.

It's not just any bike shop, said local caricature and caricaturist Avidor - it's also a coffee shop and an art gallery. Besides great coffee and display space, they've got bikes for all kinds of bikers, including spandex-wearing bikers, bike messengers and casual bikers, he said.

Avidor illustrated the shop's basement catacombs of recyclable bikes.

"It's my favorite place in the world right now," he said.

The cartoonists pay homage to their biker manifestos, illustrating biker memoirs and memorials, and they recreate their experiences riding bikes thru heavy traffic and vacant streets, clear and stormy weather and funny and sad biker accidents.

Avidor debuts his in-progress graphic novel about his utopian vision for "Bicyclopolis," a futuristic, car-free Minnesota city that he says is populated transportation-wise with bikes only.

Avidor said the novel is to be published in a European magazine.

Reception: F Feb. 25, 7 p.m. Gallery: M-Su, ongoing, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sa 10 a.m.-5 p.m. One on One Bicycle Shop, 117 Washington Ave. N., Free. 371-9565.