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Car art depicts either moving or stationary automobiles or parts of automobiles. Since its invention by Karl Benz in 1886, the car has become a popular subject in painting, print and photography. Following its creation, the car was often used to symbolise innovation, machinery, speed and the birth of popular culture, whilst opening the world up to a new age of endless possibilities. With the dawn of the 20th century, the Italian Futurist movement formed, and existed to celebrate technology and glorify the car as an image of modernity. The Futurists’ praised ‘the beauty of speed’ and led to motifs such as wheels, tyres and machinery denoting progress and a look to the future in modern art. Other art movements of the 20th century also celebrated the birth of the car, with the Cubists and Surrealists worshipping the car to hail progress and the future.
The BMW Art Car Project saw famous artists including Warhol, Lichtenstein, Hockney and Rauschenberg create BMW ‘Art Cars’, and turning something that was typically practical and mechanical into a piece of art in its own right. Andy Warhol’s famous series Cars for BMW swiftly followed, in which he created a series of silkscreen prints, paintings and drawings based on photographs of cars. Since Warhol’s iconic prints of cars, a number of contemporary artists follow his stylised illustrative approach to produce pieces that have a vintage quality to them.
Rise Art printmakers Kareen Rizk and Barry Goodman celebrate old-fashioned cars and the speed of the automobile. Rizk’s mixed media pieces take on a layered quality that look to the past with muted colours and nostalgic imagery. Goodman incorporates typography into his work, and much like Rizk, Goodman plays with composition to make the car the focal point of each piece. Corvette alludes at a vintage car advert on a faded backdrop, whilst using line and angle to instil movement into the piece.
Gina Soden’s photography takes on an entirely different portrayal of cars. Focusing on abandoned settings and forgotten scenes, Soden captures stationary cars in sleepy settings, and uses light to induce a sense of wistfulness. Lena Szankay’s style echoes Soden’s approach to produce atmospheric photographs that hint at an unfolding narrative. Your Corvette uses contrast in colour, tone and light to draw focus to the bright magenta colour of the car that forms the subject of the photograph. Both Soden and Szankay reimagine the car and highlight its presence as a stationary yet majestic object.