What may look like the aftermath of a Lambo owner’s poor parking job is actually a testament to self-expression in a Danish museum. The ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum in Aarhus, Denmark, invited visitors to deface the used Lamborghini as part of its show called “No Man Is An Island - The Satanic Verses.” It’s an apt name.…
Have you ever done a contour drawing? I love them. Basically, you do a drawing without lifting your pen. You’re capturing edges, gesture, line. I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen ones done as beautifully as this series of car one-line drawings by the French art duo, Differantly.
I admit, I haven’t seen this video using any sort of VR rig, which was the intent. But even in a simple two-dimensional video format, the simple, wordless tale of a man, his daughter, and their car manages to get you right in your feels-gland, and makes you remember what an important part of our lives our cars are.
Designer and artist Joey Ruiter has been playing with the aesthetics of vehicles and transportation for a long time. His futuristic, brutally minimal take on vehicles ranging from snowmobiles to motorcycles to bikes to dune buggies are already radical re-imaginings of transport, and now he’s set his austere, potent…
Burning Man always brings all sorts of art cars and peculiar ride-ons out of the woodwork, and this year, that illustrious list of “you built what?” includes a vacuum that might be large enough to tackle the filth in my apartment.
“El Gallo Grande” is an eye-searingly yellow 1973 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight sedan with the half-crowing head of an enormous rooster sticking out of the roof, a beautiful sweeping rooster tail from the trunk, and a horn that plays chicken sounds to the bemusement of Los Angeles motorists. It is part art car, part…
This Corvette Z06 with the Z07 package and all the options was close to $100,000 when new, which doesn’t exactly make it the ideal ride of the proletariat masses you think of when you picture a Bernie Sanders supporter. So what the hell is going on here?
Back in 1999, Mini asked three British icons to come up with their own Mini designs for an upcoming exhibition celebrating the brand’s 40th anniversary. David Bowie was one of them. The car was good, but his remarks about the project stole the show.
I remember the first time I saw one of Baron Margo’s rocketcars. It was parked at House of Pies, a little diner near my old house, and, sitting there between some boring sedans, it felt like that parking spot was a rift between universes. Being a writer, I think I said something profound like “holy crap, look at that.”
Artist Max Siedentopf prowls the streets of Amsterdam at night, armed with masking tape and cardboard. He waits. He watches. When he sees his prey, he springs into action. His prey are boring cars, and his action is making them into supercars.
Tobias Rehberger is an artist who made one of my all-time favorite pieces of automotive-inspired art: his series of knockoff cars made from simple sketches. Clearly, I’m not the only Rehberger fan out there, since Aston Martin just had him make their new 24 Hours of LeMans art car.
It’s a sad day for anyone interested in the intersection between art and automobiles, because artist Chris Burden died last night of a malignant melanoma. Burden was 69, and in both his automotive work and otherwise, is someone who has inspired me a great deal.
I just want you to know that I’m taking a big risk by posting these at all — goons from Big Tire have made it quite clear that they would like these images of lovely hovercars from French photographer Sylvain Viau to just go away. But I won’t be silenced! I won’t be crushed under your black vulcanized boot.
[One of my favorite art cars is this Group A E30, painted by Australian Ken Done. Photo: BMW]
Yes, those are factory seats for a VW Golf. They're possibly the coolest, weirdest, wildest seats I've ever seen in a production car.
It's too easy to just take supercars and put them in the dystopian world that is to come. It's also too easy to put them into the cyberpunk world that is to come. Or really, any of those futures. What's better is all of those futures, blended together to make a beautiful whole. That's what British artist Khyzyl Saleem…
For a while now, I've been undertaking a long-term research project to find the first car represented in a work of art. Not a technical drawing, but as a subject in a work created for artistic purposes only. I'm still researching, but along the way, I think I've found what may be the first cartoon with cars.
See that, you philistine? That's "art" you see up there. And one of you should buy it for me for the low, low price of $50,000. Because I work hard and I deserve it.
For much of human history the domain of the car with a bunch of random bits slapped on as a symbol of the futility of entropy, or something, I think, has been the domain of the slightly "unique." With increasing access to 3D printing, though, art cars with slapped-on bits have become bonafide, gallery-dwelling works.