Every year in October, Jason Sauer brings his derby car to Pittsburgh as part of his art exhibit opening which also serves as the anniversary party for Most Wanted Fine Art Gallery. Since this year will be the 5-year milestone, we want to expand the experience.
The idea has now grown into a public art experience that grows through travel, a folk art tradition, and a festival.
This plan has 4 parts that are interactive and dependent on your participation and help!
The road trip. Most Wanted and Family will travel to Longview, Texas with their derby car-the base of this art project. Alongside art car veterans and eager art students the car will be decorated with backers’ and sponsors’ photos and names in public in conjunction with the Longview Fine Art Museum. From there the team (with car in tow) will travel, presenting multimedia art displays in Houston, NOLA, Jacksonville, and all the way back to Pittsburgh.
Demolition Derby. For 17 years, Jason Sauer has participated in an American folk art performance of Demolition Derby at the Great Stoneboro Fair. This event sells out each year with over 6,000 people in attendance. He doesn’t always win but cars always get smashed and sometimes the family comes home with a trophy. The car’s wreckage is used to make artwork, which will be displayed at the Pittsburgh Art Car event with backer’s names on the tags before being sent to their new homes.
Vehicular Abstraction: The Pittsburgh Art Car Event. The art car celebration starts the evening of Friday October 5th, 2012, as part of a monthly gallery crawl, Unblurred, and includes an exhibit at Most Wanted Fine Art. The art display will include Sauer’s car-themed sculptures, as well as prints by Texan Professor Scott Frish, and Edinboro Professor John Lysak. Other galleries participating will also have openings and musical performances.
On Saturday October 6th, the event changes speed and switches from art about cars to art on cars! Already decorated cars will be part of the juried event with the winner receiving a trophy and prizes. The search is on for cars that are painted, have seashells glued on ‘em, something fun and funky. A Percentage of the proceeds will benefit the Red Cross. Celebrity Judges include Nicholas Chambers, The Milton Fine Curator of Art for The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh Councilman Bill Peduto and George Patterson, two-time winner of the Pittsburgh Gran Prix.
Sculpture and Art: After the festivities the art that we made from the derby car will go to our wonderful backers! The remains of the car will be further transformed into a large sculpture that will be placed as the inaugural piece in our new sculpture park! It will be exhibited for at least a year with a plaque with the special backer’s name on it.
We need your help! Every little thing helps from a $1 to helping us make arrangements for our current stops or helping set up additional visits. Your money will help create the art from start to finish. Including painting materials and gas. Kickstarter is an all or nothing campaign so its important that we reach our goal. If we do, any additional funds will be spent on the Festival in October.
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