ART NEWS: Gavin Turk turns car into art called ‘Mummy’

British artist Gavin Turk has transformed a Vauxhall Ampera into a unique piece of art, entitled ‘Mummy’ especially for the Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair. The car will be touring the UK this summer as part of the Fair, visiting Liverpool on 5th June and Folkestone on 30th August.

Gavin Turk Mummy
Turk wrapped the entire car in cotton duck canvas and as it takes off on its journey, nature will take its toll, picking up marks from the weather, exhaust fumes, mud, dust particles and accidental stains. The car was unveiled as part of the Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair in June, where Gavin also sold a unique edition of 50 pieces, called Emission Edition. The pieces were created by holding a canvas against an exhaust pipe and then accelerating, the soot from the exhaust leaving a unique mark on each canvas.

Gavin Turk commented on the commission,

“The idea was to completely wrap the Vauxhall Ampera in canvas and then let nature take its course so the car in a way becomes a painting. I loved the idea of using the car as a way to reflect society and our environment.”

Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair 2014

Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair 2014
For each of the upcoming Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair events, Turk will be creating a brand new limited edition, to be unveiled on the day. Taking a quintessentially British concept and turning it on its head, the Fair is famous for being the day the art world lets its hair down, coming together to fill the car park with English eccentricity, quirky ideas, incredible bargains, cool art, eclectic wares and madcap performances.

It’s an art-buying frenzy from the moment the doors open to the thousand plus queue, for the chance to grab the special just-for-the-day artworks. There’s something for every pocket with works typically on sale for between £10 to £1,000.

Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair – Liverpool
Date: Saturday 5th July 2014
Time: 12 – 4pm
Address: CCP Car Park, Duke Street, Liverpool, L1 4JH (Entrance on Wolstenholme square or Duke Street)
Tickets: £3 – available on the door

Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair – Folkestone
Date: Saturday 30th August 2014
Time: 12 – 4pm
Address: Harbourside Car Park, Folkestone CT20 1QN
Tickets: £3 – available on the door

About Mark Westall

Mark Westall is the Founder and Editor of FAD magazine Founder and co-publisher Art of Conversation and founder of the platform @worldoffad

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