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Luxury Sports Car Parts Get a Second Life in Strada Veloce at Dorian Grey Gallery

Lambo Engine Lid Desk with Red Lamp
Lambo 2005 Gallardo Engine Lid Desk with Red Lambo Caliper Lamp and Lambo Gallardo Wheel Table, All By Joe Mac Designs (All Photos by Gail)

A few days ago, you might have noticed the bitchen Ferrari Art Car posted here on The Gig after we immortalized it on the Blogosphere in honor of the opening reception of the Strada Veloce (“Fast Street”) group exhibit up now at the Dorian Grey Gallery. While the car was just making a drive by, so to speak, you still have until October 5th to see this exhibit’s eclectic assortment of custom home furnishings designed around various luxury car parts, as well as a selection of fine oil paintings of status symbol automobiles!

Lambo Gallardo Yellow Wheel Table
Detail of Table Seen in Above Photo

Here are a few of our favorite pieces from the show!

Lambo Cowhide Chair Lambo Green Lamp Ferrari Red Table

Lambo Chair, authentic wood shipping crates upholstered in Cowhide. Lambo Murcielago Verde Ithaca Calper Lamp in Green. Ferrari 456 Rossa Corsa Table in Red (Joe Mac Designs).

Porsche Exhaust Lamp on Lambo Gallardo Wheel Table in Verde Ithaca Green

Small Porsche Exhaust Lamp on Lambo Gallardo Wheel Table in Verde Ithaca Green.

Lusso with Porsche Exhaust Lamp and Lambo Shipping Crate Console Cabinet

Lusso Painting By Stephen Lack (Wall) with Porsche Exhaust Lamp atop Lambo Wood Shipping Crate Console Cabinet.

Nick Walker Love Vandal

Love Vandal, Spray Painted Ferrari Hood by Nick Walker.

Floc U Spray Enamel on Settee

Floc U, Spray Enamel on Fabric Settee By Meres/Flock Design House.

Stephen Lack Yellow Ferrari
Yellow Ferrari By Stephen Lack

Stephen Lack Red Testarossa
Red Testarossa By Stephen Lack

Stephen Lack Silver and Blue Ferrari
Silver and Blue Ferrari By Stephen Lack

Ferrari Art Car Model

And if you missed it at the opening, there is a scale model of John “CRASH” Matos’ Ferrari Art Car on display in the front window!

Strada Veloce will be on exhibit at Dorian Grey Gallery, Located at 437 East 9th Street (Between Ave A and 1st Ave) until October 5th, 2014.

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Sweet Ride of The Day: Yellow Mustang

Yellow Mustang Front View
Photos By Gail

I was so smitten by this Yellow Mustang of indeterminate model year that I stopped to take photos of it in the rain. The car was parked on a street in Long Island City and even though it has a bit of tree detritus on the hood (from the rain) it still looks like a sweet ride.

I once had a boyfriend who drove a car that somewhat resembled this one, but that is a story that takes too long to talk about.

Yellow Mustang Rear View

Chris Burden’s Metropolis II at LACMA

LACMA Chris Burden Metropolis 2 Overhead View
Photo By Gail

While I was at the LA County Museum of Art this past December to see the Stanley Kubrick retrospective, I also enjoyed the experience of stumbling upon Chris Burden’s room-sized kinetic sculpture, Metropolis II – the focal points of which are 1,100 Hot Wheels cars.

Burden finished this scale cityscape, which took four years to build, in the Summer of 2011 and it was installed at LACMA that Fall. Although you can walk completely around Metropolis II from the floor of the exhibit room, you really need to climb the stairs to the catwalk-like balcony to see the action from above and fully appreciate what Burden was trying to convey. The frenetic movement of the tiny cars is hypnotizing.

In a statement at the exhibit’s opening, Burden expressed his hypothesis that, “The future of automobile transportation is that there won’t be drivers anymore.” The 1,100 customized Hot Wheels cars whirring through a city of building-block skyscrapers is a scale model of Burden’s vision for L.A.’s future: Cars that are swiftly autopiloted along pre-determined routes, moving ten times faster than they do today.

The cars are dramatically lifted eight feet in the air by a magnetized conveyor belt, then dispatched through the city on a roller coaster network of plastic roadways. The buildings are constructed with Legos and Lincoln Logs, Erector Sets and stacking slotted cards. A dozen out-of-the-box electric trains chug casually through the sculpture.

Due to the physical strain on both the sculpture and the fact that it must be physically monitored at all times to watch for “pileups,” Metropolis II runs for only one hour at a time, with a one hour break between sessions, from Friday through Sunday. The viewing schedule is below and no reservations are required:

Fridays
11:30–12:30 PM; 1:30–2:30 PM; 3:30–4:30 PM; 5:30–6:30 PM

Saturdays & Sundays
10:30 am–11:30 PM; 12:30–1:30 PM; 2:30–3:30 PM; 4:30–5:30 PM

LACMA is located at 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90036.

Pink Thing of The Day: Magenta Beetle and House!

Magenta Beetle and House

Photo courtesy of L’altra Faccia Della Donna (Translation: The Other Woman’s Face) Magazine.

John Chamberlain: Choices at The Guggenheim

John Chamberlain Multi Colored Sculpture

After an incredibly disappointing trip to The Whitney to see this year’s Biennial (More like Bi-YAWN-nial), Geoffrey and I took advantage of already being uptown and walked three quarters of a mile along Fifth Avenue (such a gorgeous day it was) to The Guggenheim, where sculptor John Chamberlain — who  just died in late December — has a fantastic career retrospective that made my heart go pitter-pat.

John Chamberlain White Sculpture

Background on Chamberlain from The Guggenheim’s always informative website tells us that the Artist moved from Chicago to New York in 1956 and shortly thereafter got the idea to utilize car metal as his medium. Unfortunately, a lot of people misinterpreted his  creative re-use of a ubiquitous material in his sculptures as being a reference to the tangled mess of a car crash. Chamberlain “spent the rest of his life outrunning that association. His primary concern was and continued to be three-dimensional abstraction. More sensitive observers noted a kinship between his works and the dramatic modeling of Baroque art and sculptural drapery studies.”

John Chamberlain Blue Sculpture

Geoffrey took a few minutes to warm up to Chamberlain’s bold, colorful and flowy sculptures, but I loved them instantly. Considering that most of these works are made from car parts, it’s really astounding how each one is so different and has its own personality, even. If I lived on a huge estate with a ton of land it would be so cool to have one of these in the front yard, I think, or around back by the pool. The sculptures are organized chronologically from the earliest pieces at the bottom of the ramp to newer sculptures — some that Chamberlain completed shortly before his death — placed further up at the top of the rotunda. The shape of the museum really provides an ideal venue to show off these works, as many of them are very large and you can literally walk all the way around them and examine the work from all angles. Each one has its own story to tell.

John Chamberlain Choices Red Sculpture

Choices By John Chamberlain Runs Through May 13, 2012 at The Guggenheim Museum, Located at 5th Avenue and 89th Street in New York City.

John Chamberlain Drum