Top 12: Luis Gispert's Tricked Out Fantasy Ride Interiors

By - Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Although there isn’t actually a vehicle in the music video for Spank Rock’s “Car Song,” it’s director, artist Luis Gispert, has experience turning to automobiles for inspiration. His recent work is shot from the perspective of tricked out car interiors with embellished opulence that cross over from conspicuous consumption to fantasy. These interiors range from something out of a rap video, like a candy-colored Louis Vuitton monogram leather interior with croc skin seats, to cockpits straight out of Star Wars. The views vary as well from mountains to deserts, to overlooking the arctic. {pagebreak} Luis Gispert is a Brooklyn-based artist who holds an MFA from Yale. He is represented by Mary Boone in New York and OHWOW in Los Angeles. Gispert had an installation in the 2002 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American art and has also exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the Studio Museum in Harlem as well as extensively abroad. {pagebreak} OHWOW describes Luis Gispert’s work: “Luis Gispert is a filmmaker, photographer, and sculptor, addressing a variety of topics in his work such as the infiltration of subcultures on the mainstream and the fragmented American experience. Regardless of the vehicle or message, the aesthetic leans toward theatric as his seductive imagery delivers a blend of opulent artifice with clever indications of acute subtexts. From photographs of surreal landscapes viewed from elaborate cockpits to stylized sculptures of tricked-out speaker systems, the work acts as a composite, melding what is familiar with the unexpected. Gispert’s message points out the fragile balance between consummate reality and the decorated facades we tend to build around it.” {pagebreak} {pagebreak} {pagebreak} {pagebreak} {pagebreak} {pagebreak} {pagebreak} {pagebreak} {pagebreak} All photographs courtesy of Luis Gispert.

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