This issue features a conversation between exhibiting artists Erick Medel and Kale Roberts (Tailgate Projects) discussing their customized truck art platforms and excerpts from Nikita Gale’s LOW MAINTENANCE: i only believe in horsepower now (2016).
Produced in conjunction with the exhibition Custom.
Artists: Nikita Gale, Dahn Gim, Spencer Longo, Erick Medel, Natani Notah, Louise Rosendal, Tailgate Projects
Custom is a group exhibition that considers the intricacies of identity as expressed through and in American car culture. Indicative of petro-capitalism’s enduring influence, in the United States the car is a symbol of freedom, success, individualism, and mobility. But the fantasies projected onto this object are deeply intertwined with issues related to gender, class, cultural assimilation, consumerism, oil dependence, affect, and isolation. The works in Custom contemplate subjectivity through the cultural, political, and technological space of the car.