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ArtWorks ArtCars Buick LeSabre

A few weeks ago, working with the non-profit Artworks Cincinnati I led a group of apprentices in transforming a 1998 Buick LeSabre from an old boring car into a driveable work of art! We painted the car over the course of a weekend during Midpoint Music Festival, working alongside several other teams and cars.  The car was stripped and primed at John Hall Body shop in Northside.

The client was my own mother.  Oddly enough I did not know that she had submitted her car and she did not know that I was a project manager for ArtCars!  After learning that she entered her car it seemed only fitting that I work with her.  I created three designs from which my mom would select a favorite.  She wanted something that would evoke some flower child hippie magic.  I knew I wanted something bright, relatively simple, and non-representational and didn’t want to use flowers.  So I thought about ways to do happy and celebratory without being too obviously retro or derivative.  So instead of the 60’s I started out by looking at 1950’s magazine ads, and added some intense contemporary tetradic color.  Like my mother, I think it’s pretty unique, adventurous, and lovable!  She is thrilled.

Thanks to David Heyburn for organizing Artcars this year, Artworks for inviting me back as a lead artist and project manager, and the  amazing and talented apprentices Dontriel Nuckols, Alex Sunderman, Previn Beal, Taylor Helms, and Paige Roberts!

Check out some in-progress photos and the results below, and if you’re in the Trenton Ohio area, keep an eye out for Mrs. Hedges.

 

 

 

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백합호 (The Fleur-de-Lis)

Jio Bae and I decided to call the ship 백합호, The Fleur-de-Lis. The strange plastic Fleur-de-Lis we found at the river became the centerpiece of the boat, attached to the top of the stern. Since the symbol is rich with history and meaning (wikipedia it), it seemed well-suited for our humble cross-cultural collaboration. Between Jio’s interest in symbolic representations of nomadism and travel, and my interest in mystery and fantasy, we think the boat suits our personalities. It straddles the line between eastern and western boat archetypes, and is also a good representation of the ratio between “natural” and “unnatural” objects (pollution) lying on the shore of the Ohio river near Cincinnati. The color palette is also delightfully (and accidentally) similar to that of my recent paintings, predominantly brown and neutral with small splashes of synthetic color. enjoy.

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Driftwood and Plastic

Yesterday I went to the Ohio River with Jio Bae, an artist from Korea, to collect wood to make a small boat out of only objects from the shore. We collected lots of wood, both man-molded and river-molded, as well as random trash and bits of who knows what and took it all back to my studio to play with.  Results coming soon.

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