Climb T-Shirt: RUBBER N' ROAD x Kyle Thurman
About The T-Shirt:
The RUBBER N' ROAD 'Climb' T-shirt features a reproduction one of Kyle Thurman's drawings. Please scroll down to learn more about this collaboration. The shirt is made of 50/50 Polyester / Cotton blend fabric designed to maximize brightness and durability. The T-Shirt is unisex and is constructed in regular modern cut fit using double needle stitching for increased longevity.
About The Artwork
Greetings from New York City. Gil here, Co-Founder & Creative Director of RUBBER N’ ROAD. I’m writing to share with you an exciting moment in the life of RUBBER N’ ROAD: Our first artist collaboration.
To provide some context for the artist collaborative series, I want to share a little bit about myself. Born in Israel, I moved to New York to attend the School of Visual Arts. I left the warm roads of the desert to complete my postgraduate studies in Photography, Visual Culture, and Art Theory. For me, New York’s draw was always its art scene.
It was near the School of Visual Arts where I picked up my first road bike. It wasn’t a planned decision to become a cyclist. I bought the bike for one reason only: it looked interesting. Since then, my obsession with the aesthetics of the sport took a life of its own, culminating in the creation of RUBBER N’ ROAD.
RUBBER N’ ROAD was created to express something that was missing in the New York cycling community: Authenticity, art, and beauty under an inclusive and independent umbrella. Over the past year, we’ve been blessed to welcome thousands of cyclists from near and far into our community and share with them the objects and stories that speak to us.
When Kyle Thurman, a New York-based artist became a regular at our house, something special clicked. He first arrived at RUBBER N’ ROAD to buy the book Cycling and Cinema that we stock on our shelves. Art history has many intersections with cycling, from Duchamp’s Bicycle Wheel to Keith Haring’s designs for the former lower Manhattan bike shop City Cycles. But these references are concerned primarily with formal qualities related to the mechanics of the sport.
One night, as Max and I sat conversing with Kyle at the RUBBER N’ ROAD New York house, he shared with us one of his charcoal and ink drawings, and a spark was lit. The drawing comes from a group of studies for a bronze sculpture project titled Crowns that will debut in Thurman’s upcoming solo exhibition this Fall.
To me, the drawing seemed immediately relevant to our world. Seductive, lyrical, and provoking, it was speaking to my own view of the transformative and rich personal experience of climbing with a bicycle. To me, having climbed up Mont Ventoux in France and El Teide, the longest climb in Europe, the drawing spoke to my personal experience of the epics.
The ‘Climb’ t-shirt features Thurman’s drawing printed on a high-visibility cotton shirt selected by the artist, available exclusively at RUBBER N’ ROAD. This shirt was printed by RUBBER N' ROAD's NYC-based production partner LQQK Studios.
About the Artist
Kyle Thurman moved to New York City to pursue degrees in Film Studies and Visual Arts at Columbia University. He later completed further studies at the Kunstakademie Dusseldorf and Bard College. An installation of his drawings was featured in the 2019 Whitney Biennial. His work is included in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the ICA Miami, among other international private and public collections. For the last two years he has taught graduate seminars at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture in Philadelphia.
In addition to his artistic practice, Thurman is an avid cyclist and a member of the New York cycling community.