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1969 Mustang Coupe Out of Paper by Jonathan Brand

Juxtapoz // Thursday, 15 Sep 2011
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Brooklyn-based Jonathan Brand is reconstructing a 1969 Mustang Coupe out of paper for his newest exhibition, One Piece at a Time at Hosfelt Gallery in NYC. Brand will reproduces the car in its entirety, right down to the nuts and bolts, displaying it as the individual collected parts, rather than as a single object.

Here is a portion of the press release:

The show's title is a nod to the Johnny Cash song about the Detroit assembly line worker who dreams of someday owning one of the Cadillacs he builds. He decides to "appropriate" a car one piece at a time, stashing stolen parts in his lunch box everyday to bring home and reassemble.

The American automobile has played a large part in Brand's personal life and his art. His grandfather was a millwright who installed the Detroit assembly lines referred to in Cash's song. His uncle and cousins are mechanics. He has restored three vintage cars with his father. One of which, a 1969 Mustang, took him five years to rebuild and has been the inspiration for several bodies of work. He sold the Mustang to buy his fiancee a diamond engagement ring in an exchange that inspired one of his previous exhibitions.

The surfaces of the works in One Piece At A Time consist of thousands of geometric facets, much like those on the surface of a cut diamond. To construct the sculptures in this show, Brand begins with computer drawings that are printed as large-format inkjet prints. He then cuts, folds and glues these shapes together, 3-D jigsaw puzzle style. The end result is a duplication of all aspects of the exterior and interior -- from tires and hubcaps to door handles, glove box and engine. Viewers will be surrounded by an intimidating number of parts, providing an experience similar to the one Brand had restoring the original car.

 



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Jonathan Brand

One Piece At A Time

20 September - 29 October 2011

Reception: Thursday 13 October, 6 - 8pm

Hosfelt Gallery

New York, New York

 

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