shimmering like a crystal and splintered as if by a crash into thousands of reflective pieces of stainless steel, ‘wreck’ by jordan griska evokes both luxury and mortality. the life-size sculpture is a perfect replication of a mercedes benz S550 car, disjointedly constructed from sections of highly polished pieces of stainless steel. by taking a 3D model of the mercedes benz S550 and manipulating it with digital software, griska successfully managed to translate the luxury automobile into a disjointed piece of art, without losing the resemblance to the car on which it has been based. the manipulations to the car are influenced by fatality wrecks and online pictures of car crashes, and constructed by mirrored pieces–precisely laser cut to seamlessly fit together.


image courtesy of jordan griska

 

 

with his work, griska sets out to mirror the peak of today’s automobile industry by using digital technology and meticulous handcraft to subvert both utopian dreams and reality. the brooklyn-based artist echoes the themes of f. scott fitzgerald’s ‘the great gatsby,’ juxtaposing the efflorescence of luxury with the brutality of wreckage. griska also takes influence from andy warhol’s colored ‘car crash’ serigraphs, combining both the digital and physical, and the sterile nature of stainless steel with the disorder of the fragmented car.


image courtesy of jordan griska

 

 

notorios for takling ‘heavy’ subject matter in his work, griska’s ‘wreck’ is no exception. with his simultaneously spectacular and haunting piece, griska captures the dual nature of american culture by contrasting wealth, freedom, and individuality with decadence, debauchery, and tailspin, as flip sides of the same coin.


image courtesy of philedelphia contemporary


image courtesy of philedelphia contemporary


image courtesy of philedelphia contemporary


image courtesy of philedelphia contemporary


image courtesy of philedelphia contemporary


image courtesy of philedelphia contemporary


image courtesy of philedelphia contemporary

  • Spectacular. We’ve all seen simple ‘makeovers’ of BMWs …but re-creating a wreck is truly creative. I would have chosen a Tesla so this would have a longer life. I’m also very curious how the pieces were joined? Wonderful.

    Jim

    JimCan says:
  • I tend to think scuptures made with mirrors are rather cliche, what with the whole distortion of reality thing, but I must say this piece goes beyond that, and the abscence of fragments from the wreckage makes it quite surreal.

    AverageRage says:
  • Riminding the hilarious artpiece of dutch sculptor Wim T Schippers when he demolished a Paris taxi still driving for more than 2 years as a cab from 1982 until 1984.

    http://www.klassiekerweb.nl/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/LeTaxiCabosse.jpg

    Bert Staal says:
  • The mirrors and angles provide a freeze frame effect that is stunning. Unlike the typical aftermath of a wreck, this feels the crash is happening in the moment. Well done.

    Chris Milton says:

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