Saturday, June 21, 2008

"Wash Me!"

Scott Wade
In Texas, there is a type of grey/white-ish powder that is a blend of limestone dust, gravel and clay. When one drives down a dirt road, this stuff billows up behind the car leaving the perfect canvas on the rear windshield for Scott Wade to create his awesome and unique paintings. He uses a similar method that I learned in art school wherein an area is covered with media and the lines are erased away.

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Over the past five years Scott has perfected his technique for making "dirty car art". He has, in fact, begun to generate quite a buzz. The 49-year-old artist from Wimberley, Texas, lived on a dirt road for more than 20 years. What else could he do but perfect the ideal grime-generating conditions for his car canvases?

Wade recreated Leonardo Da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" popping out of Vincent Van Gogh's "Starry Night" on the back of a Mini Cooper. You can see a little streaking from early morning dew. This image was worked on in three sessions, with more dust accumulating between sessions. That's when the drawings really seem to take on life, with a much greater range of values.

These images drawn in the dust are obviously quite impermanent. One of the cool things about them is how they change over time. More dust accumulates as the car is driven down the road. Early morning dew streaks and dots the image, creating a patina. A light shower creates a deeper patina...

"I know some people are very picky about their cars," Wade said when asked whether he unleashes his artistic talents on random cars. Most of his work has been done on his Honda Fit and his Toyota Yarus, in addition to a Mini Cooper he used to own and a Mazda 3. "If I really saw a car that was perfect for it, I might ask someone if they would mind."

Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus" took longer than the average windshield masterpiece, requiring at least 90 minutes for the Renaissance piece. Wade jokes about the work: "It was just a matter of time before I had to do a nude 'Dirty Picture,' don't you think?"

Wade gave Vermeer a go on the back window of a Mazda, but admits that he "felt a little bold" replicating the Dutchman's "Girl With a Pearl Earring."

The Vermeer image was drawn on top of a previous image, making it tricky to achieve intermediate tones but creating a "stipple effect,"
Wade writes.

Here are some other Scott Wade masterpieces:

Admittedly, it's a dirty job....but somebody has to do it.

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