• May 16, 2008
Jonathan Schipper started grinding models of muscle cars into each other like tectonic plates as a way to express the "slow, inevitable death of American Muscle," and he's progressed to using two actual cars at an installation at Chicago's NEXT Art fair.
Well, let us tell you, Jonathan: American muscle is alive and well. Taken a look at horsepower ratings lately? How about some recent Nurburgring lap times from GM products? Time and technology have marched on from the Firebird and Camaro of the Foghat era, so there's no need to give two examples a slow ride into each other's sheetmetal just to point out that there's hardly any around. Cars are a commodity, so by nature, old cars will "die off" through crashes, rusting away, or being recycled for parts and then sold for scrap. It could be that we just don't get it, but really, maybe Schipper could learn how to paint like Von Dutch if he wants to do art with cars. This particular piece makes Piss Christ look like the Mona Lisa. Time-lapse video after the jump - thanks for the tip, Joe!

[Source: Hemmings, Photo: Art Addict]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      i think those so called 'artist' are running out of ideas so they just try to pass anything they do as art. starve a dog and call it art (look up guillermo habacuc vargas), displaying a dying person and call it art (look up gregor schneider).

      what ever happend to true artists such as michaelangelo da vinci, van gogh, picasso??
      • 6 Years Ago
      PERFORMANCE ART
      • 6 Years Ago
      Maybe the dead of the american muscle will come if the gallon of gas gets more expensive.

      What a waste, to destroy two beautiful cars like this.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It is true that in name of "art" anything goes. Jonathan Schipper just proved it. The word "art" should not be used to describe his work.

      These kinds of stupid projects bring negative connotations to otherwise very interesting subject: art.

        • 6 Years Ago
        Ok, so what is "art", then?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Death, indeed heel itself is too god for this pretentious piece of pseudo-intellectual... There aren't enough expletives. Really? Does this guy think he's said anything that couldn't have been, you know... said? did he have to destroy to create? Is his creation worth more somehow than the things he destroyed? Not since that damned Guillermo Vargas letting a dog starve to death on display have I had more of an impulse to restrict and censor. Good job, you steaming pile of artist.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Rubbish. But to each their own... I guess.

      However, I'd like to see this guy run into a mirror. Fast of course but played back slowly. I'd call -that- " art, " making sure there is a fracture on his skull, with some blood oozing and dripping down.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I just hope my taxes didn't pay for this tripe.

      The problem with the idea of starving artists is that we don't allow enough of them to actually starve.
      • 6 Years Ago
      A.) They're both Firebirds.
      B.) They're both crappy Firebirds.
      C.) I doubt they were pristine, undamaged examples to begin with.
      D.) The engine and most likely most of the vital mechanicals are gone. So the good stuff - however good it was - has probably gone to better use.
      E.) They probably wouldn't went to the scrap yard to be crushed anyway. At least this is interesting to look at.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, everyone makes it sound like he went and purchased pristine $100,000+ muscle cars at Jackson Barret and destroyed them...gimme a break. He basically went and got the 2 cheapest muscle cars he could find that had a half-decent exterior. Heck, the cars could have already had minor front damage and nobody would be any wiser.

        The fact that it's illiciting this kind of reaction anyway means he basically succeeded.

        • 6 Years Ago
        So, genocide is OK as long as you only murder ugly retarded people who will never contribute to society? I mean, they're going to die anyway, why not make it into art?
        • 6 Years Ago
        PS: people make art out of wood. MURDERRRRRR!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Opps - I accidentally clicked the positive button on Yar... Not that I was clicking the negative one.

        To Yar:

        A.) It's TWO cars, not every Firebird in the country.
        B.) They're cars, they aren't living things. Nor do they have a conscious. If someone was killing sentient robots, maybe...
      • 6 Years Ago
      However, I'd like to see this guy run into a mirror. Fast of course but played back slowly. I'd call -that- " art, " making sure there is a fracture on his skull, with some blood oozing and dripping down.
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      WTF? Wow...the folks on this thread are scary but anyway back to art...The fact that Jonthan's work gets such a rise out of folks tells me he is truly doing his job & doing it right. Why dont some of you knuckleheads go to his website & see some of his other works. The man is actually a cool artist.
      http://oppositionart.com/
      • 6 Years Ago
      I've been spending the past few minutes trying to come up with something witty to humiliate this Jonathan Schipper character, but I have so-far been unsuccessful. This is one of those moments that just leaves me absolutely speechless and heartbroken. What goes through the mind of a man like that?
        • 6 Years Ago
        If he meets me, the next going through his mind will be my fist.
        I don't understand the point of this sort of "art". What ever happened to painting pretty pictures or sculpture?
      • 6 Years Ago
      This guy should move to Cuba, I think he'd enjoy it there. Much better than the tyranny and selfishness of this country.
      • 6 Years Ago
      As a concept I think it's rather good. It's a shame he didn't stick to the models.
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