Piston Head II at Venus Los Angeles

August 8, 2016

Jonas Wood, Untitled, 2016
Customised 1993 Volvo 240, acrylic paint 190 7/10 x 67 3/10 x 57 1/2 inches

Richard Prince, The Odyssey, 2016
1970 Challenger and acrylic paint 192 x 78 x 54 inches

Katherine Bernhardt, Jungle Jaguar, 2016
Customised 1994 Jaguar XJ6 52 x 195 x 65 inches

Lawrence Weiner
Untitled (Sow the Wind, Reap the Whirlwind), 2015
Nash Metropolitan, paint. 57 x 155 x 61 inches

Katherine Bernhardt, Jungle Jaguar, 2016
Customised 1994 Jaguar XJ6 52 x 195 x 65 inches

Peter Shire
Mr. Truck Goes to Coffee, or This One’s for You, 2016
1979, Toyota 1-ton Flatbed Truck (Vehicle)
Stainless Steel, Vinyl Covering (Sculpture)
60 x 219 x 80 inches (Vehicle)
152.4 x 556.26 x 203.2 cm 84 x 96 inches (Sculpture)

Matthew Day Jackson,
To be titled, 2016
48 x 220 x 65 inches

Piston Head II at Venus Los Angeles

By Francesca Soler 

Symbol of freedom, emblem of status or identity, the car has been the machine that man has most connected with since Henry Ford’s Model T first rolled off the newly-imagined production line; petrol and pistons sparking creativity in artists from then on.

Firing up from where Piston Head: Artists Engage the Automobile — an exhibition that ran as part of Art Basel Miami Beach 2013 — left off, Piston Head II once again sees the curators from VENUS exploring the intersections between art and automotive.

There are some familiar faces at the second instalment — C├ęsar’s squished up 1995 work, Compression Voiture Venise, whilst street artist Kenny Scharf and perennial repurposer Richard Prince are back with newly reworked American classics. Olivier Mosset’s motorcycles are given new context in a gallery space, rising stars like Jonas Wood and Katherine Bernhardt are let loose on old motors, and artists like Peter Shire and Matthew Day Jackson bring their unique sculptural aesthetics to the realm of the automobile.

A separate event in partnership with Los Angeles’s Petersen Automotive Museum sees VENUS presenting Keith Haring’s Land Rover (1983), whilst Garage Italia Customs show off their artistry on a pair of fancy new motors. 

Piston Head II: Artists Engage the Automobile continues at VENUS Los Angeles until 10 September.

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