February 18, 2010  |  art, Auto Shop, News  |  Comments Off on AUTOSHOP///JOE STEVENS’ “VANS AND THE PLACES WHERE THEY WERE” PROJECT


We’re big fans of artist JOE STEVENS‘ “Vans And The Places Where They Were” project:

“Vans and the places where they were documents surviving custom and conversion vans across the West and examines the dialogue which exists between a van’s design aesthetic and that of its surrounding environment. The project began in 1996 and currently consists of hundreds of images shot on 120 film.

Over the course of the project the vans themselves have become more and more of a rarity. The reasons are as simple as rust and changing tastes; and as complex as government “cash for clunkers” initiatives encouraging more fuel-efficient transportation. Notably, at the same time these vans have been disappearing from our roads – film photography as a visual medium has also begun it’s slow death. Consequently the goal of the project is to one day shoot the last remaining van on the final frame of photographic film in existence. Then the project will be finished.

Joe Stevens is a filmmaker and photographer whose work has appeared in the Hammer Museum of Los Angeles and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In the past year his work has been featured in Creative Review, Fast Company, Intersection and the Guardian. His 2008 film Made In Queens, which was produced by MTV2 Films, profiles a teenage gang from Trinidad who blast 15,000 watts of music from the enormous custom homemade stereos jury-rigged onto their rusty bmx bikes. The film, which premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, has become a cult hit and is currently touring festivals worldwide.”





February 11, 2010  |  art, Art & Commerce, Auto Shop, News  |  Comments Off on AUTO SHOP///JEFF KOONS TO DESIGN NEXT BMW ART CAR, HULKING MONSTROSITY LIKELY


Jeff gives his moneymaking Hulk series the “thumbs up”, and tests a prototype of his Hulk art car in the warm climes of Florida…

Following in the footsteps of artistic forebears like Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella, and Andy Warhol, among others, Pop Art mogul JEFF KOONS has been chosen by German automaker BMW to create their next signature ART CAR. The innovative series was begun in 1975 when French racecar driver and auctioneer Hervé Poulain commissioned American artist and friend Alexander Calder to paint a BMW 3.0 CSL which Poulain himself would race in the 1975 Le Mans endurance race. Unlike some modern car companies who have copied the program for thier Gen Z Hip Hop econoboxes and allow anyone to paint on their vehicles, BMW has carefully curated this very limited series over the years with less than 20 cars total by artists such as Jenny Holzer, Matazo Kayama, Olafur Eliasson, Andy Warhol, Ernust Fuchs, Ken Done, and David Hockney, having been created to date. Koons’ car is slated to be unveiled this Fall, and we can only hope it has giant Hulk hands welded to the side of it to clear passers-by out of the way as Jeff speeds through Manhattan on the way to Sotheby’s next big Contemporary sale…

Early aerodynamic tests indicate that Koons’ aesthetic additions indeed boost the car’s top speed while reducing drag…

View ALL of BMW’s art cars HERE