New York-based artist Jordan Griska made a life-sized replica of a smashed car composed of nearly 12,000 pieces of reflective stainless steel. While non-functioning, the sculpture is intended to highlight both the aspiration (luxury) and reality (mortality) of American culture.
Australian artist Alan Constable is both a painter and a ceramicist. His ceramic works reflect a life-long fascination with old cameras, which began with his making replicas from cardboard cereal boxes at the age of eight. The sculptures are lyrical interpretations of technical instruments, and the artist’s finger marks can be seen clearly on the clay surface like traces of humanity. In this way, Constable’s cameras can be viewed as extensions of the body, as much as sculptural representations of an object.
It may come as a surprise to people unfamiliar with Alan’s story to learn that he is legally blind (with limited tunnel-vision); and also deaf, which makes his world all the more internal and contained. As observers we can only project our own perspectives onto Alan’s work, but one could speculate that his physical challenges have defined his extraordinary artistic abilities.
Alan’s cameras emphasised the handmade, intensifying and celebrating the imperfections associated with the human touch. None are perfect, nor exactly to scale, but it was exactly these qualities that resonated with and engaged audiences.
“Miles to Empty” is Shannon Goff’s homage to her grandfather’s special edition, collector’s series, 1979 Lincoln Continental Mark V. While her grandfather’s car was metallic turquoise and white vinyl, Goff’s rendition is all white and made entirely of cardboard.
Each part of the vehicle has been uniquely fabricated and folded, in turn reflecting the many hands that collectively created the vehicles on the Lincoln assembly line years ago. Titled ‘Miles to Empty’, the sculpture features an all-white exterior finish and a highly-detailed interior scheme, complete with paper dashboard buttons and a carved cardboard wheel.
As a detroit native, Shannon Goff became inadvertently familiar with the rampant car culture of ‘Motor City’, despite bearing witness to the rise and fall of industrial prosperity in the city.