by Kirby Lindsay
As has become expected, the 2010 Seattle Art Car BlowOut (SACBO) will take place during the Fremont Street Fair on June 19 & 20, with approximately 70 art cars from around the U.S. and Canada. In addition, this year will include a rare treat – three screenings of the Harrod Blank film Automorphosis, with the filmmaker, at the Northwest Film Forum (1515 – 12th Ave) on Thursday, June 17, and at Central Cinema (1411 – 21st Ave) on Monday, June 21. According to Blank, by e-mail, the film looks “into the minds and hearts of a delightful collection of eccentrics, visionaries and just plain folk who have transformed their autos into artworks.”
As car-tist Margot Lovinger recently explained, “this is the 4th car I’ve painted,” of her creation M. Butterfly. “Once you drive an art car,” she said, “driving a normal car is just way too boring from then on.”
Apocalypticop has its own web site, and “screed”, to help explain why to those unfamiliar with this form of expression. Dennis Brandt began this automotive transformation in 2001. When asked would he do it again, he responded, “Absolutely.”
Scot Campbell a.k.a. Extremo The Clown has been creating art cars since 1985. For his latest, the Never Never Van, he creates original sculptures in clay, builds their molds and casts them in rubber or polyurethane resin. When he attaches them to the van, he stains or paints them. This is a work in progress, as he still has plans to install a water effect and kinetic pieces.
“My two biggest needs are creativity and recognition,” Extremo explained, by e-mail, when asked ‘why?’ “My purpose is to entertain people…whether they like it or not, so you can imagine how the artcar fills that purpose. I really just want to see people laugh and smile and react to my mobile creations!”
Leith Zeutenhorst came to art cars by accident, when the original paint peeled off during a routine car wash. She attacked the problem with paint – and creativity – and discovered, during her ensuing battle against cancer, that driving the colorful car lifted her spirits, and those of people she met. Now on her second creation, Joyride II, her son, Sixten Zeis, has followed in her footsteps with his own creation, Cargyle.
Barring unforeseen mechanical difficulties, expect to see these cars at the 2010 Seattle Art Car BlowOut, and many, many others – including one by this author. Hope to see you there!
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