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Art & Cars Exhibit

Southern California enthusiast creatives show off their work in unique activation.

Leslie Clemens
May 10, 2016

We can be fancy. Probably sounds hard to believe, but Super Street has a cultured side, one that appreciates the finer things in life – like art. We aren’t above taking in a sweet-ass activation at a local gallery (especially when there’s booze to be had), sorta like what we did when we hit up the Art & Cars exhibit at The Silo in nearby Long Beach, Calif. Presented by Left Coast Apparel, the showcase featured equal handfuls of local artists and cool cars.

R35 illustrations Photo 2/29   |   R35 Illustrations

Attracting sponsor Pabst Blue Ribbon (this could’ve been a joke – we’re too unhip to tell), local artists Woodcrates, Eric Paez, and OMGDrift Brand Director Caitlin Ting displayed their work on a single wall in the garage (oh yeah, did we mention that? Not really a gallery!) It was the perfect setting for a fuel-driven, oil-saturated, automotive backyard kegger of a good time.

Jimmy Up Photo 3/29   |   Jimmy Up

The guys at MB Motorsports – the real name of “The Silo” – had taken care to transform their shop into a one-night art exhibit. With a diverse mixture of photography from both Ting, who documents drifting with her camera, and Paez, who snapped some interesting meditations on symmetry, three-dimensional woodwork with a street art twist thanks to Woodcrates, and illustration, we got to see the more creative side of enthusiast subculture, especially the side informed by the “renegade” car community.

PBR Left Coast Photo 4/29   |   PBR Left Coast

In the middle of the shop sat an LS-powered S-chassis (we think) painted in a crazy sea monster theme, adding to the evening’s motif. Outside were parked still more cars, though not as wild as the art car, the highlight being Irishman Dean Kearney’s Oracle Lighting Dodge Viper; Kearney himself didn’t make it but his team managed to bring out his pro drift chariot.

Escalators Paez Photo 5/29   |   Escalators Paez

The night was a bit unusual, no doubt, but it was an art show, and we were among our kind, so it was definitely cool. Plus there was the beer, can’t forget that. Check out the gallery to behold some of the sights from Left Coast Apparel’s Art & Cars.

By Leslie Clemens
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