Lichter exhibit at Sturgis to highlight Jeff Decker

Publish Date: 
Mar 10, 2011

Michael Lichter's 2011 Motorcycle as Art exhibition during this year's Sturgis Motorcycle Rally will be "Slant Artist-An Eccentric View on Motorcycles and Art" highlighting avant-garde artist Jeff Decker.

In addition to Decker's 10 bronze sculptures, there will be a large and eclectic display of motorcycles and wall art culled from Decker's personal collection, friends and other artists filling the 7,000 sq. ft. gallery at the Buffalo Chip Campground.

"Decker will also be working on a new sculpture in the gallery for several hours each day during which time visitors can chat and ask questions from the basics of 'lost wax' bronze casting process to motorcycle history or how Slant Artists, the incredible motorcycle racers who climb steep inclines against the clock and each other, have impressed him," campground organizers said in making the announcement.

Bikes from Decker's own collection include his 1914 Harley-Davidson Twin that he rode across the United States in the Motorcycle Cannonball race, the 1930 H-D DAH hillclimber and a 1949 H-D WR racer. "He has personally customized machines that were previously considered off-limits, like his 1941 Crocker and his 1952 Vincent. Add to the mix his respect for bikes like ex-pro-boarder Jason Jessee's 1949 Black Tibetan Panhead and many of Cole Foster's bikes and you can see how diverse this artist really is," stated organizers.

Decker's commissions have grown in scale: a 16 ft., 5,000 lb. bronze now graces the entrance to the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee.

"Since the inception of Michael Lichter's museum quality exhibits in Sturgis, I've been able to participate in them often and am extremely honored to be the focal point this year," Lichter said.

The annual Motorcycles as Art exhibition has become a prominent exhibition of the annual Sturgis Rally. As in past years, Motorcycles as Art curator, Michael Lichter will work with Decker as well as the additional artists and builders involved, and the staff of the Buffalo Chip to create the themed exhibition that will fill a 7,000 ft. exhibition hall.

"These yearly exhibitions are not only a labor of love but a chance for me to openly express my creativity and introduce friends and colleagues to a venue and audience that have been incredibly loyal and generous," explained Lichter. "I immensely enjoy these exhibitions and know that this year's collection will be unlike any other."

Posted by Mary Slepicka

This year's exhibit sponsors, according to the organizers, include Hot Leathers, Handy Lifts, Interstate Batteries, Progressive Insurance and Spectro Oil.