02.14.12

Brooklyn based Kevin Cyr loves the way we get about. And he paints it, sculpts it, casts it in metal and generally ruminates widely about his object of fascination.

If you’re up by way of Stowe, Vermont you can catch his show at the Helen Day Art Center, which is featuring his work as part of an overview of artwork used for Burton snowboards. Hella Dope.

And in his own words…

“In a culture in which people are easily lured by the appeal of status-enhancing symbols, I find beauty in derelict cars and unkempt landscapes. I have always been interested in painting vehicles and scenes that have defined the evolution of the American landscape.

I commemorate commercial vehicles inundated with graffiti and rust, working vehicles, and well-traveled recreational vehicles. I find that there is so much character in old delivery trucks and vans — especially when covered with graffiti — and in the old RVs parked off a main road. Removing them from their everyday context gives them portrait-like importance. I paint with devoted attention to every imperfection and sign of age.

Painting and drawing these objects gives me a chance to document a time and place, and to make still a part of the ever-changing environment.”

written by Mike Slane

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