By John DeWitt
besides the Harley-Davidson bike, scorching rods and customized automobiles are robust symbols of resistance, uprising, and the high-octane way of life. because the Fifties, those flashy restyled cars have occupied a distinct position in American renowned mythology.
Cool autos, excessive paintings: the increase of Kustom Kulture tests out this rather male lifestyle with an up-close examine custom-made vehicle artwork and the artists who create it. via impressive technical mastery, coupled with a uniquely American mind's eye, those motorheads remodel industrially produced items of into exact handmade items of paintings known as "rods" and "customs."
this primary full-length learn to target the perform of sizzling rodding and motor vehicle customizing argues not just that this "kustom kulture" merits attention as a resource of valid artwork varieties but additionally that the increase of yank automobile customizing displays the attitudes and concepts of the teenager tradition that emerged within the Fifties. whereas tracing the evolution of types, this e-book examines particular autos and the development of vehicle tradition in the course of the Nineties.
Cool vehicles, excessive paintings: the increase of Kustom Kulture argues additionally that during this vehicle paintings the theories of modernism meld with pop culture. of their good looks, within the sophistication in their designs, and of their formal play, those remodeled, re-imagined vehicles parallel the guidelines, thoughts, and fulfillment of high-art modernists. And as excessive paintings progresses into postmodernism, so too does personalized automobile tradition.
regardless of the toughness and the importance of Kustom Kulture, this far-reaching contribution to American paintings has principally been missed via mainstream critics. whereas postulating the reason for this anomaly, this ebook questions what's intended by way of paintings and the way preconceived notions of gender, race, and sophistication usually hinder the popularity of creativity in locations the place mind's eye isn't really expected.
John F. DeWitt, an affiliate professor of English and the performing director of the liberal arts application on the collage of the humanities in Philadelphia, is the writer of numerous books of poetry. He has been released in The New American Review and New Geography of yank Poets.
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