Matty, 2014
  • © Adagp - Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

Made by Adam McEwen in 2014, "Matty" and "Esteban" are photographs of excessively elongated stretch limos, printed onto sponge.

Symbols of kitsch luxury, the artist conceives them as strange sculptures that move around the streets. Bearing the name of their driver, they suggest, in addition to fantasy, a social reality that contradicts the image of power and escapism they evoke. They are ambiguous manifestations of Pop Art, part apology, part subversion. For McEwen, “when you see a stretch limo, it conjures up all these ideas of fantasy, sex, drugs and rock and roll. It’s about desire. You want to be excited. It’s about transforming your life, inverting the situation. It offers this promise, which is a bit like an art work in a way: the irrational object.”