Door of a Citroën ZX from a car scrapyard in Romainville, near Paris. Functional motor.
The window can be operated from the "3 position" switch integrated on the front (instead of the lock). The owner can therefore adjust the height of the window as desired, creating a visual effect. Wiring and battery also recovered from the scrapyard.
Aerosol and acrylic on car body.
"On The Road Again" was made with the support of SUEZ and was created specifically for this sale.
107 x 110 cm
The window door is functional and leaves it to the owner to turn it up and down, creating a visual effect proper to the artist's style.
"On the road again" has been sold 5500 EUR by Christie's, please find the video of the auction here : https://youtu.be/deFzGjLAWSo?t=2424
I took the invitation to the #MoreArtLessCarbon sale as a challenge. I am increasingly trying to minimise the impact of my creations by reducing the waste produced. For 'On The Road Again' I tooked at the opportunity to step out of my comfort zone by exploring a new medium.
My objective was to create an up-cycled work by giving a second artistic life to a "polluting" object or part.
The idea of movement is very present in my work and it seemed interesting to me to draw a parallel with a major subject of the ecological transition: means of transport, mobility and especially the challenge of the end of the combustion engine era.
I therefore set out to find an iconic object, immediately identifiable and which symbolises both the industrial era and the consumer society. I also wanted it to have that slightly retro look that recalls our carefree growing up years.
After a little research on the internet and a few phone calls, I found a scrapyard near my workshop. I left with a friend without really knowing what I would find. When we arrived at the Romainville scrapyard we found hundreds of doors meticulously arranged. I asked the person in charge if I could go and look around after explaining the project to him and we set out to find THE piece that would best tell my idea.
A very 90's shape caught my attention, especially the very sharp and dynamic angle of the door of a ZX in opal green. And, quite unusually, the little motor that makes the window work was still working!
If everything seems old and dead in a car wreck, with a closer look and a little imagination there is plenty of life. Paradoxically, the job of a dismantler seemed to me to be very modern because he recycles and sorts everything in order to be able to repair cars that are still functional: every object (even the smallest one) has the right to a second chance. He is anonymous but he is a very important link in the recycling chain.
Back at the workshop I took the door apart, removed the cobwebs (and their owners), the glass shards, cleaned, sanded and primed it. Always with the idea of telling the story of movement, I dressed the object with my universes so that we see a retro-futuristic door but that we imagine the car that could be around it! A voiturfu in short!
By putting this object back on its feet, by erasing the stigmata of its passage in the state of carcass, it can thus continue its "road" elsewhere. On the road again.