Cars have a long and synergistic relationship with design, with some classic examples held up as artistic objects in isolation of their mechanical function. At Eindhoven gallery MU, however, we are not looking at the sleek stylings of the stratospherically priced supercars, but something more dirty, more deconstructed, more… gritty.
This collection of sculptures looks at our relationship with cars, and transport in the larger sense, from the point of view of impact rather than idolatry. The effect of transport, and its impact on our lives, the environment and the economy all come into focus in Garage Grit, a combined project from European artists based around Lodown Magazine publisher and art-director Thomas Marecki’s centrepiece, the E-Lotus.
In the imagination of Arcangelo Sassolino, the engine, normally belching out its waste through an exhaust, takes on more human characteristics, excreting effluent into a colostomy bag in the sculpture Madre. Create GB star Death Spray Custom takes a shot across the bows of the industry, subverting racing car sponsorship graphics in a withering attack on corporate influence in the Filth Discount 88 and Greed Engineered 6 bonnets. The complete vehicle will be pitting at MU until 29 September.