The Key Car Project If you own a super car of the ilk of, say, a Ferrari or Lamborghini, and have the desire to make it even more rare and salivate-over-able, I am looking to give you an exterior "redesign" using a common car key. Yes, the tool of the thief, petty anarchist, disgruntled lover, etc., will now be used by me, with your courageous consent, to create an etching echoing the best of any Northern Renaissance master. Always wanted a Durer? Put it on your car. And let me do it with my key. Why? Because you can. In the least, you can later auction it off with Christies for a couple of million. Regardless, people who look to you as a renegade and icon will see you all the more so, for participating in the history of art, and for helping underscore the following: in the creation of real, lasting value, the golden calves of the world fall short, their voices hollow, their touch cold. Art can come from any place or person, and if it speaks to the hearts of the people, if it echoes their lives and serves to elevate them, in some fashion, it trumps the cold, blingy things of the world. Art. Story. Ideas: They win.
I got the seeds of the idea for the Key Car Project while living in an artist Residency in a migrant worker village on the outskirts of Beijing. While the spires of the designer skyscrapers could occasionally be glimpsed in the far horizon, they seemed impossibly far from a village in which children get but the most basic of educations. The imagination is the lifeblood to human civilization and "progress", if we can argue there is such a thing, and art education can be a blazing catalyst to unleash its potential. If we deny rich educational experiences to those most under-served in society, we will consign our future to a small echo chamber of stagnant thought coming from a handful of great-great-great-great-great grandchildren of scions of technology and industry. Fine people they might be....but surely, the potential energy of the collective human gene pool is as vast and diverse as anything heretofore measured by telescope. We - all of us - are the stuff of timeless astral forces...Who would approach a star and tell it not to shine?
An artist friend Zhang Fan (Yesu) proposed to me the idea of "painting" on Beijing "Haze cars" (on which the accumulated micro-pollutants have created a thick brown-grey film) as a precursor/co-project/pendant to the KCP...Certainly easier to get an owner to agree to your painting off a bit of grime/filth than keying into a $250,000 vehicle.
If you would like to assist in the development of the Key Car Project, in any capacity, by all means contact me ~