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Sterling Ruby, Richard Prince, and More Go for a Ride at Venus Gallery

August 6, 2016

STERLING RUBY, "BUS," 2010. BUS, STEEL, SPRAY PAINT, STAINLESS STEEL SPHERES, SPEAKERS, SUB-WOOFERS, TIRES, FOAM, VINYL, T5 FLORESCENT LIGHT FIXTURES, T5 BULBS, ELECTRICAL CONDUIT.

DETAIL OF STERLING RUBY, "BUS," 2010. BUS, STEEL, SPRAY PAINT, STAINLESS STEEL SPHERES, SPEAKERS, SUB-WOOFERS, TIRES, FOAM, VINYL, T5 FLORESCENT LIGHT FIXTURES, T5 BULBS, ELECTRICAL CONDUIT.

GARAGE ITALIA, "ALFA ROMEO 4C PAINTED WITH HOKUSAI’S THE GREAT WAVE OFF KANAGAWA," 2016. CUSTOMIZED ALFA ROMEO 4C.

DETAIL OF GARAGE ITALIA, "ALFA ROMEO 4C PAINTED WITH HOKUSAI’S THE GREAT WAVE OFF KANAGAWA," 2016. CUSTOMIZED ALFA ROMEO 4C.

KENNY SCHARF, "SUPREMA ULTIMA DELUXA VAN CHROME CADILLAC," 1984. CADILLAC CAR FROM 1961 WITH MIXED MEDIA, ACRYLIC, SPRAY-PAINT, FOUND OBJECTS.

JONAS WOOD, "UNTITLED," 2016. CUSTOMIZED 1993 VOLVO 240, ACRYLIC PAINT.

KATHERINE BERNHARDT, "JUNGLE JAGUAR," 2016. CUSTOMIZED 1994 JAGUAR XJ6.

KENNY SCHARF, "DAISYMOBILE," 2014. 1975 PONTIAC GRAN VILLE CONVERTIBLE CUSTOMIZED WITH ENAMEL, ACRYLIC, FIBERGLASS, DIAMOND DUST, NAUGAHYDE, RESIN, AND SWAROVSKI CRYSTALS.

LAWRENCE WEINER, "UNTITLED (SOW THE WIND, REAP THE WHIRLWIND)," 2015. NASH METROPOLITAN, PAINT.

PETER SHIRE, "MR. TRUCK GOES TO COFFEE, OR THIS ONE’S FOR YOU," 2016. 1979, TOYOTA 1-TON FLATBED TRUCK, STAINLESS STEEL, VINYL COVERING.

DETAIL OF PETER SHIRE, "MR. TRUCK GOES TO COFFEE, OR THIS ONE’S FOR YOU," 2016. 1979, TOYOTA 1-TON FLATBED TRUCK, STAINLESS STEEL, VINYL COVERING.

RICHARD PRINCE, "THE ODYSSEY," 2016. 1970 CHALLENGER AND ACRYLIC PAINT.

RICHARD PRINCE, "THE ODYSSEY," 2016. 1970 CHALLENGER AND ACRYLIC PAINT.

Sterling Ruby, Richard Prince, and More Go for a Ride at Venus Gallery

By Stephanie Eckardt

Cars and art have more in common than you think. That's the premise, anyway, of "Piston Head II: Artists Engage the Automobile," a new show at Venus gallery in the fitting location of Los Angeles. 

Part sculptures, part vehicles, and part cultural signifiers, the motorcade includes Sterling Ruby's apocalyptic school bus, Richard Prince's matte black Challenger, and Katherine Bernhardt's pink Jaguar, which she's spray-painted with a cat. See those and more of the best rides, here.

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