I was recently thumbing through the channels within the middle of the night and happened to stumble across an old episode of Top Gear. Featured within the segment, was Jeremy Clarkson, (with his semi-sharp, mostly coherent ramblings) and a late model Alfa Romeo 8C. One of all the more interesting things that he touched on during his rantings was the actual fact that he didn’t initially believe that cars can, or should be considered art.
For me, the notion that a car can’t be art is totally crazy. Aside from getting into car troubles sometimes that you may need roadside assistance, cars are pretty gorgeous. My home is filled from top to bottom (quite literally… I believe I’ll actually style of have a problem) with all kinds of art and without a doubt, I consider the centerpiece to be my Alfa Romeo. In my opinion, a car is an undeniable hybrid of several categories, ranging from its conception, all the way through its initiation and beyond. Including drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, design, crafts, photography, video, filmmaking, and architecture, it touches on nearly all visual elements. Upon completion, it encompasses music because the secret’s turned and performance (sometimes with an excellent degree of drama) once it begins to maneuver (or doesn’t – insert Alfa Romeo joke here).
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It would be difficult to insinuate that this might be said for each car, but the very fact remains that art is meant to hover along the borders of subjectivity. Not every example is for everyone. Who’s to mention that the drab and straightforward practicality of a Toyota Camry isn’t allowed to touch somebody within the same manner because of the sheer lunacy, impracticality, and blatant lack of real-world usability that’s demonstrated in something sort of a Lamborghini Countach likely would? It’s a completely receptive interpretation and after a specific point, it’s based sheerly on the emotions inspired therein. This can be why cars are special and it’s why they connect with us so differently, on such a deeper level.
The fact is, cars and art share something that only a few other things do. They largely come from the soul of their creators and successively touch the souls of these they interact with. This says something for a cold, unthinking, unfeeling tangible creation of hands and minds. These are things that aren’t alive, yet they remind us that we are. Thanks to this, they way more closely resemble the likes of things along the lines of variety 17A or any of the examples from Les Femmes d’Alger. I mean really. A dishwasher or microwave within the same category, how could you ever put them? From where I sit not only can’t you, but you shouldn’t, and this is often why it’s impossible to deny the artistic accomplishment that automobiles truly are. They simply take us too many places to own their importance reduced and minimized thereto degree.