shannon goff

A cardboard car … CARdboard. Okay, sorry. This is the work of American artist Shannon Goff. She does fabulous things with clay as well, but this car – the 1979 Lincoln Continental Mark V, to be specific – stopped me in my tracks. That dashboard? The wheels? That trunk!? Detail and craftsmanship that would make her grandfather proud. You see when Shannon was little, her grandfather bought one of these American beauties (in metallic turquoise no less), and she remembers “the Mark V’s smooth ride conjuring up the sensation of floating on a cloud.” Here is a little more info about this project:

“‘Miles To Empty‘ (2015) explores the car as a metaphor for the complexities of American life in general, and for my own experiences as a native of the city of Detroit specifically.” … and an extract from the exhibition text … “In ‘Miles to Empty’, Goff reflects on how our increasing reliance on adaptive technologies has diminished the routines of human industry, and is changing our aesthetic sensibilities. Dauntingly laborious, challenging in concept and ambitious in scope, this monumental sculpture embodies Goff’s immense energy and her love of making. Goff demonstrates a high level of skill and ingenuity, which used to be present in all manufacturing before the production line eradicated first the hand, then the whole individual. Each part of the car is uniquely made, and in making it, she has imagined the many hands that collectively fabricated the vehicles on the Lincoln company assembly line.”

Gold! … or metallic turquoise.

comments (3)

  1. leigh hannan /// 06.28.2019 /// 5:14am

    metallic turquoise!!! yes!!! When I was younger, my parents (bless them) bought a metallic purple Gremlin, and I loved it. It had those tiny triangular windows that swiveled out to open (and let virtually no air into the black pleather interior). Those were the days 🙂

  2. the jealous curator /// 06.28.2019 /// 8:07am

    hahaha! i remember those windows!

  3. Laura Bethmann /// 06.29.2019 /// 2:42am

    Fabulous work! Something sensual in cardboard sculpture. Maybe because I’m so in love with paper? This puts me in mind of James Grashow’s Cardboard Bernini which I’ve watched with relish! Thanks, Jealous Curator and Shannon Goff!

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