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ERIC Number: EJ897391
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-0004-3125
Art Cars: Transformations of the Mundane
Stienecker, Dawn
Art Education, v63 n3 p25-32 May 2010
The automobile itself is often understood as an extension of oneself, where individuals may manipulate the interior and exterior of cars and trucks, decorating them through detailing, stickers, custom colors, and so on. Others go further and change their cars into unique works of art called art cars. Such cars break away from the banality of mass production. Art cars have been called "one of the hottest art forms of the millennium" by art car artist and documentarian Harrod Blank, who notes the increasingly rapid pace by which the art car has become integrated into popular culture. This instructional resource will examine the nature of art cars, how they challenge definitions of art and the automobile, and how they are part of one's visual cultural environment. The artists featured include W.T. Burge, David Best, Larry Fuente, Allen Bartell, and Ann Harithas, who incorporate play, high and low cultural symbols, and transgressive attitudes as they create their art. Through discussion and artmaking activities, high school students will: (1) explore and deconstruct meanings tied to the automobile to gain insight into American culture; (2) develop an understanding of the function of art cars and how they play with cultural norms; and (3) create a model of an art car to study how visuals are used to convey meanings and communicate with others. (Contains 5 figures, 3 online resources, and 2 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A