artists engage the automobile at LA's venus gallery

artists engage the automobile at LA's venus gallery

exploring the relationship between art and automobileLA’s venus gallery presents ‘piston head II’, an exhibition spotlighting the ways in which a car can be both a cultural icon and sculptural object. as one of the most important machines of modern life, the vehicle has both shaped human experience and been a creative outlet for countless artists over the years. 

venus art automobile
garage italia: alfa romeo 4C painted with hokusai’s the great wave off kanagawa, 2016
customized alfa romeo 4C
48 x 162 x 84 inches, 121.92 x 411.48 x 213.36 cm




the artists featured in the exhibition at venus include: césar, katherine bernhardt, matthew day jackson, olivier mosset, richard prince, sterling ruby, peter shire, keith haring, will boone, lawrence weiner, and jonas wood. additionally, garage italia customs — a milan-based creative hub dedicated to tailor-made customizations — have personalized an alfa romeo 4C and a BMW i8 exclusively for the exhibition.

venus art automobile
garage italia: BMW i8 painted with giacomo balla’s street light, 2016
customized BMW i8
51 x 185 x 72 inches, 129.54 x 469.9 x 182.88 cm



on from now through september 10, 2016, ‘piston head II’ celebrates the intersection of art and cars and its varied creative potential. from olivier mosset’s motorcycles recontextualized in a gallery space, to sterling ruby’s caged-in bus, to a quintessential richard prince muscle car, the exhibition seeks to explore the expressive relationship between aesthetics and utility.

venus art automobile
jonas wood: untitled, 2016
customized 1993 volvo 240, acrylic paint
190 7/10 x 67 3/10 x 57 1/2 inches, 484.4 x 170.9 x 146.1 cm

venus art automobile
richard prince: the odyssey, 2016
1970 challenger and acrylic paint
192 x 78 x 54 inches, 487.7 x 198.1 x 137.2 cm

venus art automobile
lawrence weiner: untitled (sow the wind, reap the whirlwind), 2015
nash metropolitan, paint
57 x 155 x 61 inches, 144.8 x 393.7 x 154.9 cm

venus art automobile
olivier mosset: flathead, 1954
1954 harley davidson
48 x 88 x 36 inches, 121.92 x 223.52 x 101.6 cm

venus art automobile
katherine bernhardt: jungle jaguar, 2016
customized 1994 jaguar Xj6
52 x 195 x 65 inches, 132.1 x 495.3 x 165.1 cm

venus art automobile
olivier mosset: da, 1962
1962 harley davidson
46 x 82 x 40 inches, 116.84 x 208.28 x 101.6 cm

venus art automobile
keith haring: untitled (range rover), 1983
enamel on 1982 range rover
84 x 71 x 181 inches, 213.4 x 180.3 x 459.7 cm

venus art automobile
sonny nutter: homage to billy al bengston, 2016
custom triumph motorcycle
84 x 34 x 48 inches, 213.4 x 86.4 x 121.9 cm

venus art automobile
sterling ruby: bus, 2010
bus, steel, spray paint, stainless steel spheres, speakers, sub-woofers, tires, foam, vinyl, T5 fluorescent light fixtures, T5 bulbs, electrical conduit
112 x 96 x 491 inches, 284.5 x 243.8 x 1247

venus art automobile
will boone: car, 2016
customized chevrolet blazer, various materials
74 x 80 x 192 inches, 187.96 x 203.2 x 487.68 cm


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