Those close to Miami, Florida, next week have an opportunity to check out Piston Head: Artists Engage the Automobile. The exhibit of fourteen unique reimagined automobiles "will reflect art's longstanding relationship with the car as a cultural icon and fetish object replete with physical and symbolic possibilities." Attendees will see work by artists such as the late Keith Haring (his enamel-covered 1963 Buick Special is pictured above), Ron Arad, César, Dan Colen, Nate Lowman, Keith Har
The wheel ranks right up there with the telescope and four-slice toaster in the pantheon of inventions that have moved humankind forward. But what if a circle in three dimensions had never occurred to anyone, and we all had just moved on without it? Perhaps we'd be driving around in Lucas Motors Landspeeders with anti-gravity engines. Or maybe we'd have the same cars we do today, just without wheels.
Enter SweepstakesWe like to highlight a new automotive artist each year in our holiday giveaways. We met Arvind Ramkrishna late last year when he launched a Kickstarter project to fund his How To Draw Cars Now DVD tutorial. Having once harbored dreams of being a car designer myself, I felt an affinity for Arvind's project and got to know the man himself a little better. Turns out, Arvind is a fantastic artist and sells metallic prints of his work on drivenmavens.com.
The intersection of automobiles and art is always an interesting locale, and one french sculptor has spiced things up a bit with a Mercedes-Benz covered in flies. The premise sounds a bit shaky to be sure, but artist Natacha Mercier says the concept was inspired by something she witnessed back in 2007. While standing on a side street, she saw a BMW owner drive up, park and get out of the car. Clad all in white and with plenty of gold chains around his neck, the driver then proceeded to spit-poli
We're heard pictures are worth ten hundred words, or something like that. However much you value an image, we were quite smitten by a new series featuring the Fisker Karma as shot by Gijs Spierings, and wanted to share. Looking fantastical, Spierings' Karma pics show the plug-in hybrid right at home in the forest as it does in a clean workshop somewhere. Sometimes, that's all you need – especially when more (but not all) of the Fisker news recently has been less than good.
We've all heard the argument that cars can't be art. As a commodity, vehicles are slaves to parameters of functionality, manufacturing and economics that simply have no bearing on traditional works, but Canadian sculptor Pierre Arpin believes that shouldn't stop car parts from ascending beyond their usual lot in life. While waiting in a repair shop, Arpin spotted a trashed hood and asked to take it home. The shop obliged, starting the artist down a lengthy path of creation. While he typically fa
There are those of us who love cars, then there are those who spend hours delicately carving the likeness of an AC Cobra into an orange gourd. This jack-o-lantern was found on Flickr member Norbini's page, though it's not clear if he is the artist or just an admirer.
To some attaching the word ‘art’ to pictures of cars is like inviting a biker to a debutante’s ball. Still, automotive art has gained traction in the marketplace recently by riding the coattails of the booming car collecting market. That 1969 Mustang Mach 1 you just bought at auction wouldn’t be complete without a framed pictorial of the car on the wall of your garage, now would it?