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  • 2014
  • Adam McEwen
  • Inkjet print on cellulose sponge mounted on aluminium black- frame
  • 444,5 x 76,2 x 3,5 cm
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.”

© Adagp, Paris, 2015. Photo © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

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Adam McEwen

British artist Adam McEwen is based in New York. His early work consists of pieces made using text messages or fake obituaries of celebrities.

He then transferred everyday artefacts into unexpected materials such as graphite and sponge, even using chewing gum, in compositions that evoke the bombing of Germany during World War II.

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