Kustom Kulture | Artists Engage The Automobile at Venus Over LA

August 2, 2016  |  Art

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Unlike NYC, LA has always been a car town, and artists here have traditionally loved their cars–a fact currently being lavishly celebrated at the upstart Venus Over Los Angeles gallery with their aptly-named Piston Head II exhibition featuring custom art carsby Richard Prince, Sterling Ruby,Kenny Scharf, Katherine Bernhardt, Will Boone, Keith Haring, Matthew Day Jackson, Olivier Mosset, Peter Shire, Lawrence Weiner, and Jonas Wood.

As the quintessential machine of modern life, the car has both shaped human experience and inspired countless artists over the years. With the power to convey status and identity, the automobile reflects the desires and dreams of its owners. The artists included in the exhibition have approached the car as both object and subject in numerous ways—from Olivier Mosset’s bikes recontextualized in the gallery space to Sterling Ruby’s caged-in bus to a quintessential Richard Prince muscle car. In a collision between the automobile and contemporary art, the exhibition explores the tensions between aesthetics and utility.

The only thing missing? Ed Roth & Von Dutch cars…

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Jonas Wood 1993 Volvo 240

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Kenny Scharf 1975 Pontiac

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LA OGs Kenny Scharf & Peter Shire

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Peter Shire 1979 Toyota

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Katherine Bernhardt 1994 Jaguar XJ6

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Lawrence Weiner Nash Metropolitan

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Olivier Mosset 1954 Harley

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Sterling Ruby bus

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Richard Prince 1970 Challenger

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Matthew Day Jackson custom Super Comp Dragster

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Will Boone Blazer

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Hokusai Alfa Romeo 4C

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Giacomo Balla BMW i8

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Keith Haring Land Rover



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