Using ordinary blue painter’s tape and spray cans of assorted paints, artist Felipe Pantone – who’s shown standing with a mask over his face with his finished artwork – has painstakingly taken a mundane white 1994 Corvette and elevated it to a work of art.
Whether or not you like the finished product – and we do – you have to admire the artistic vision of Pantone, who recently unveiled the Corvette that he calls “ULTRADYNAMIC.”
The Corvette is part of a collection that also includes five new paintings that draw inspiration from dynamism, transformation, and impermanence currently on display in the “Artifact to Artifact Communication” exhibit at the Beyond the Streets event at 1667 N. Main St., in Los Angeles.
Pantone, who started doing graffiti at age 12, says his work is “all about speed” and he picked this 1994 Corvette because of its accelerated lines. “It’s like the perfect canvas to me,” he said.
Pantone says it’s “pretty amazing” for him to have a piece on display among some of what he labels the masters of contemporary art.
ULTRADYNAMIC is the first in a series of art cars curated by Sarah Sperling for a private collection that will tour the world.
According to curator Sarah Sperling: Felipe’s 1994 Corvette is the first in a series of 20 art cars that will feature prominent artists who have roots from the street culture, but have found a style that transitions beyond graffiti. I am aiming to create a permanent time capsule for the contemporary street movement that we are currently living in. When “cars” become an outdated technology, this series will be considered relics of the past and the art will educate future generations to come. The cars will likely outlive the artists and spectators, hopefully becoming an important part of art history. The paint job shimmers with a rainbow effect while graphics, meant to convey speed, are applied to the doors and fenders in mismatched patterning and intensity — an aesthetic synonymous with Pantone’s vision.
It will be on display to the public through July 6 at the Beyond the Streets’ 40,000-square-foot indoor and outdoor spaces.
According to the Widewalls website: Pantone is an Argentinian-born artist, active in the fields of kinetic art, installations, graffiti and design. His style is characterized by the use of bold colors, geometrical patterns and Op Art elements. Straddling conventional graffiti, typography and abstraction, his work fuses bold elements of graphic design with highly evolved geometric shapes to create an ultra-modern aesthetic which complements and reacts with the stark modernity of our cityscapes.
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