Art – Silodrome https://silodrome.com Gasoline Culture Sat, 20 Jan 2018 15:12:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 18077751 Paris-Dakar Rally Porsche 959 Plain Body Prints https://silodrome.com/paris-dakar-rally-porsche-959-plain-body-prints/ Fri, 19 Jan 2018 04:00:40 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=70337 Paris-Dakar Rally Porsche 959 Plain Body Prints

The Porsche 959 The Porsche 959 was the first of the modern supercars. It was originally conceived for the borderline insane world of Group B racing, but the class was cancelled by the FIA before the twin-turbocharged 959 could be homologated. That said, it’s likely that Group B had evolved beyond the scope of the...

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Paris-Dakar Rally Porsche 959 Plain Body Prints

The Porsche 959

The Porsche 959 was the first of the modern supercars. It was originally conceived for the borderline insane world of Group B racing, but the class was cancelled by the FIA before the twin-turbocharged 959 could be homologated. That said, it’s likely that Group B had evolved beyond the scope of the original 959 design brief by the mid-80s – favoring very small, lightweight cars with horsepower figures that seem like a typo at first glance.

When it was first released, the Porsche 959 was by far the most technologically advanced road-going supercar ever built. It featured a dynamic computer controlled all-wheel drive system (Porsche-Steuer Kupplung), digital tyre pressure monitoring, automatic ride-height adjustable suspension, and an aluminium and Aramid/Kevlar composite body with a Nomex floor.

While Group B racing wasn’t on the cards for the 959, the Paris Dakar was. Racing driver Jacky Ickx encouraged Porsche to enter the desert race, and the company modified three 911s into 4×4 953s – taking victory in the 1984 event. They returned a year later with three Porsche 959s but suffered disappointment and none completed the race. A year later in 1986 it was a different story, and all three Porsche 959s crossed the finish line in a popular 1, 2, 3 finish.

Paris-Dakar Rally Porsche 959 Plain Body Prints

This series of realistic plain body CGI posters by London-based digital production studio INK are designed to showcase the Paris-Dakar version of the 959 in the purist way possible – with no livery or sponsorship.

There are three posters in total, showing the side, front, and rear respectively, allowing you to buy just one or to get all three and install them side by side as a feature.

Each poster is printed on high quality paper at A2 size, that’s 16.5″ x 23.4″, and they ship rolled in a cardboard tube (with no frame). If you’d like to see more or buy your own you can click the link below to visit the store listing.

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The Art of Jean-Yves Tabourot https://silodrome.com/art-jean-yves-tabourot/ Wed, 03 Jan 2018 04:00:10 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=69735 The Art of Jean-Yves Tabourot

Jean-Yves Tabourot isn’t a classically trained artist – he’s an engineer who spent decades working in Formula 1, rally, Le Mans, and more recently for Jaguar on their CX75 concept car, with Singer on their reimagined 911, and with the development of the James Bond Spectre movie cars. Tabourot started out his life with cars...

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The Art of Jean-Yves Tabourot

Jean-Yves Tabourot isn’t a classically trained artist – he’s an engineer who spent decades working in Formula 1, rally, Le Mans, and more recently for Jaguar on their CX75 concept car, with Singer on their reimagined 911, and with the development of the James Bond Spectre movie cars.

Tabourot started out his life with cars as a schoolboy being paid to clean Ferraris at a local dealership on weekends. Fittingly, he would do his apprenticeship on Ferraris before moving off into the world of motorsport. Over the years he would sketch, draw, and paint cars for himself, for friends, and for occasional commissions.

More recently at the encouragement of friends Jean-Yves Tabourot has begun dedicating more time to his craft, and is now working as a full-time artist doing commissioned work, and producing high quality prints.

Large prints like the Ferrari 250 SWB Ecurie Francorchamps​ pictured above measure in at 84 x 59 cm and are Giclée printed on 310 gm art paper. This one is limited to 100 prints, and each numbered and signed by Tabourot.

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The Engine Designs of Von Dutch https://silodrome.com/engine-designs-von-dutch/ Tue, 02 Jan 2018 06:00:10 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=69699 The Engine Designs of Von Dutch

Von Dutch, aka Kenny Howard, was a prolific artist and self-taught engineer, and a founding father of the Californian Kustom Kulture movement of '50s and '60s.

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The Engine Designs of Von Dutch

Von Dutch, aka Kenny Howard, was a prolific artist, a self-taught engineer, and a founding father of the Californian Kustom Kulture movement of ’50s and ’60s.

Von Dutch

Kenny was called “Dutchman” from a young age by family members, who reportedly told him he was “as stubborn as a Dutchman” – he would later add the “von” prefix himself as an artistic measure to differentiate himself from natives of the Netherlands.

From the age of 10 Von Dutch was able to paint and letter at a professional level, thanks to his father who was a well-known sign painter in California. He would rise to fame due to his remarkable pin striping abilities, perhaps most famously on the “Blue Velvet” Pontiac Firebird in 1979 – he painted two perfectly parallel (to the human eye) 16.5 foot stripes down each side freehand.

When not painting, Von Dutch was fascinated with knife making, gun smithing, and engine design. This series of drawings are designs from his hand, mostly penned in the 1950s. They’re obviously not production-ready blueprints, but seem to be intended more as experiments and the fleshing out of ideas.

It’s not known if he ever intended to get any of his engines made, or if they were just exercises in design. Either way they make interesting viewing, particularly the opposed piston engine above, in more recent years there have been experimental engines very similar to it that have garnered significant interest from investors.

Each of these drawings is available for sale individually, they’re due to be offered by Bonhams at the Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction on the 25th of January. Pricing estimates vary from $400 to $750 USD each, making them quite affordable even in our blue-collar end of the art collecting world.

⤉ The Engine Above – ‘Design for Engine’

Colored pencil on paper, with tears and losses to paper, sketch of an engine design with black pencil sketch of motorcycle in lower right hand corner incorporating engine design, signed with Von Dutch monogram, 8″ x 11″.

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⤉ Double OHC Triumph

Pencil on paper with colored pencil incorporated, with some folds and slight losses of paper, sketch of a Triumph DOHC engine, signed Von Dutch, 6″ x 8″.

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⤉ 500cc Overhead Knockers

Pencil on paper of an engine design with the Von Dutch logo on the timing cover, signed Von Dutch to lower right-hand corner, 5″ x 7.5″.

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⤉ 500cc Alloy Single – Engine Design

Pencil on paper with colored pencil incorporated, with tears and losses to the paper, sketch of a single cylinder engine design, signed Von Dutch 1’52, 8.5″ x 11″.

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⤉ Untitled “?”

Pencil on paper, with tears and losses to the paper, sketch of an engine design with drawn question mark in top right hand corner, signed Von Dutch, 8.5″ x 11″.

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⤉ ‘Engine Design’

Pencil on paper, with tears and losses to paper, sketch of an engine, gearbox and clutch design, signed Von Dutch, 8.5″ x 11″.

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⤉ Untitled Single Cylinder

Pencil on paper, sketch of unnamed engine design, 5″ x 7.5″.

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⤉ Design for Engine 500cc

Pencil on paper, sketch of an engine design within a frame, signed Von Dutch, 10″ x 7″.

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Documentary: This is the Last Dam Run of Likker I’ll Ever Make https://silodrome.com/documentary-film-this-is-the-last-dam-run-of-likker-ill-ever-make/ Sun, 17 Dec 2017 07:00:10 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=69072 Documentary: This is the Last Dam Run of Likker I’ll Ever Make

This is the Last Dam Run of Likker I’ll Ever Make is a cult classic documentary about Popcorn Sutton, a legendary American Appalachian moonshiner and bootlegger. Popcorn tragically committed suicide at age 62 rather than report to federal prison, after having been convicted of moonshining and illegal firearm possession. He was born Marvin Sutton, but...

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Documentary: This is the Last Dam Run of Likker I’ll Ever Make

This is the Last Dam Run of Likker I’ll Ever Make is a cult classic documentary about Popcorn Sutton, a legendary American Appalachian moonshiner and bootlegger.

Popcorn tragically committed suicide at age 62 rather than report to federal prison, after having been convicted of moonshining and illegal firearm possession.

He was born Marvin Sutton, but picked up his nickname after getting frustrated with a popcorn machine in a local bar, and taking vengeance on it with a pool cue.

Of Scottish-Irish ancestry, Popcorn came from a long line of moonshiners and bootleggers, and he discovered a love for writing later in life.

He wrote a popular guide to moonshining in 1999 called “Me and My Likker” – the New York Times review described it as “a rambling, obscene, and often hilarious account of his life in the trade”.

This documentary won a Regional Emmy Award and is considered essential viewing for any fan of moonshine or modern American history. It was filmed and produced by Sucker Punch Pictures, and you can grab a copy on DVD here if you’d like to keep a copy or give it as a gift.

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Ferrari 250 GTO Left Fender https://silodrome.com/ferrari-250-gto-left-fender/ Sat, 16 Dec 2017 06:00:16 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=69120 Ferrari 250 GTO Left Fender

$10,000 to $15,000 USD may sound like a lot of money to pay for a fender, but this isn’t just any fender. It’s an original new-old stock unit from a Ferrari 250 GTO – the most expensive and sought after classic car in the world – now fetching somewhere in the region of $50 million...

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Ferrari 250 GTO Left Fender

$10,000 to $15,000 USD may sound like a lot of money to pay for a fender, but this isn’t just any fender. It’s an original new-old stock unit from a Ferrari 250 GTO – the most expensive and sought after classic car in the world – now fetching somewhere in the region of $50 million USD each.

The fender has been fitted to a barn-style wooden base ready to be displayed as an art piece. Non-car people may wonder why you have a fender on your wall, but anyone with even a passing interest in classic vehicles should know exactly what they’re looking at.

As an added bonus, its obviously made from aluminium alloy so you’ll never have to worry about rust. The listing on RM Sotheby’s helpfully suggests that it could be used “in case you bang up your GTO”, which gives you an idea of the kind of person who’ll be lifting their bidding paddle on during the auction.

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Rotary Life Shirt https://silodrome.com/rotary-life-shirt/ Tue, 12 Dec 2017 04:00:33 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=68931 Rotary Life Shirt

The Rotary Life Shirt is a design by DNBK – Dirty Nails Bloody Knuckles. It’s a one-man operation that produces 100% unique automotive artwork, and offers them to similarly inclined petrolheads as either t-shirts or prints. Rotary engines are the automotive equivalent of a cult, albeit a cult with red-line bashing Wankel engines, and a...

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Rotary Life Shirt

The Rotary Life Shirt is a design by DNBK – Dirty Nails Bloody Knuckles. It’s a one-man operation that produces 100% unique automotive artwork, and offers them to similarly inclined petrolheads as either t-shirts or prints.

Rotary engines are the automotive equivalent of a cult, albeit a cult with red-line bashing Wankel engines, and a propensity for long discussions about rotor sealing.

All DNBK tees are made and printed 100% in the USA on durable and soft American Apparel shirts. Sizes are on offers from S through to XXL, with ladies recommended to order one size down. Worldwide shipping is available, and you can order the tee in either grey, yellow, or red.

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Twenty / 20 Helmet Art Exhibition https://silodrome.com/20-twenty-helmet-art-exhibition/ Fri, 01 Dec 2017 09:00:25 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=68630 Twenty / 20 Helmet Art Exhibition

A few months ago the team behind Sabotage Motorcycles, Giles and Andy, began developing a project to get 20 of the best artists in Australia to each take a motorcycle fuel tank and give it their own signature look. It quickly became apparent that finding 20 vintage fuel tanks in close to identical condition is...

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Twenty / 20 Helmet Art Exhibition

A few months ago the team behind Sabotage Motorcycles, Giles and Andy, began developing a project to get 20 of the best artists in Australia to each take a motorcycle fuel tank and give it their own signature look.

It quickly became apparent that finding 20 vintage fuel tanks in close to identical condition is close to impossible, but a conversation with the team behind DMD Helmets resulted in a pivot – and 20 brand new white DMD lids were shipped to Sydney for the project. Now instead of painting fuel tanks, the varied group of artists would be painting wearable motorcycle helmets.

After months of organizing the helmets are now all complete, and they’re each being offered for sale on eBay with 100% of the proceeds going to the Movember Foundation.

Official Twenty/20 Event Description

The team at Sabotage Motorcycles, in association with Art Pharmacy, have curated 20 DMD Helmets that have each been hand-painted by a hand-picked group of Sydney-based artists. With a truly wide range of styles, from renowned mural artists such as Scott Marsh, Sindy Sinn, Mike Watt, and Karen Farmer, to contemporary aboriginal artists Blak Douglas and Jason Wing, and the bold geometric styles of Nico, through to exceptional emerging talent such as Apeseven, Ingrid Wilson, Vincent Buret, Amy Roser, M-Lon, Skulk to name a few.

The opening night saw well over 400 people through the door with Young Henrys and Sailor Jerry providing refreshments.

If you want to own one of these wearable and truly one-off works, then now’s your chance. They are being auctioned right now through eBay – but be quick, the auction ends on 7th December. On top of that, 100% of the profits raised from the helmet auction will go to Movember Foundation, which funds research into men’s health and prostate cancer.

A huge amount of support has been given for this event, with DMD kindly providing the ‘blank canvas’ helmets, Smith Concepts have donated their time to clear-coat each one to ensure a shiny and durable finish, Vandal Sydney and Art Pharmacy for the space, and Throttle Roll for some great images of the night and also some of the artists working on the helmets in their studios.

VANDAL Gallery: 16-30 Vine St, Redfern NSW 2016 – Open Mon-Fri 10am-5pm

All eBay helmet listings can be seen here: bit.ly/twenty20art

⇞ Vincent Buret: Vincent Buret is a Sydney-based Furniture Designer focused on communicating ideas through form and material with simplicity and poetic expression. Vincent’s work nods to minimalist aesthetics, simplicity in shapes, new technologies and durability. With a Dual French/Australian nationality, Vincent has spent exactly 16 years in each country.

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⇞ Skulk: Skulk is a Sydney-based visual artist working across painting, drawing and muralism.
Expressive large-scale murals and playful characters have long-formed the basis of Skulk’s practice, but his more recent work shows an exciting development toward figurative abstraction, yet retaining a strong sense of style and authentic energy.

Skulk has held multiple Solo Exhibitions, in both Sydney and Berlin, and regularly participates in group shows at galleries such as Ambush, Kind-Of-Gallery, The Tate and No Vacancy Gallery. He was also named in the ‘Top 50 Australian Street Artists’ Exhibition at The Glasshouse, and exhibited at ‘OutPost Project’ on Cockatoo Island.

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⇞ Scott Marsh: Scott Marsh (b. 1984) is an Australian fine artist who picked up his first spray can at the age of 12 and begin tagging the streets of his Sydney neighbourhood. In his teens, his focus turned to train carriages. He embarked on several tours of railyards across the globe, forging a reputation as one of the most talented graffiti writers of his generation and taking the so-called Sydney-style to bold new levels.

In 2009, he completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in Painting, at the UNSW COFA (College of Fine Arts) and soon after began receiving commissions for large scale commercial murals.

His political murals, rendered on an enormous scale, have garnered world-wide attention, dealing with issues as diverse as liquor-licencing laws (Casino Mike, 2016), to environmentalism (Reef Killers, 2017) and Marriage Equality (Bride of Tony Abbott, 2017).

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⇞ Sindy Sinn: Sindy Sinn is a Sydney based illustrator, specialising in low-brow high-art. He is the Head Illustrator and Co-Founder of Snake Eyes Studio in Newtown. His artwork has branded countless bands, bars and beer, including The Rubens, Young Henry’s, Tropfest, Bauer Media, Universal Records, The Misfits, Peking Duk.

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⇞ Oodlies / Joi Murugavell: It’s hard not to be enchanted by the “oodlies” that crawl around on large paper squares, brought to life by Australian artist, Joi Murugavell. Her paintings are part abstract art — with large, blocked-out colorful shapes, and part Dr. Suess — with zany characters that all meet and interact. Joi creates a world where bizarre characters act out the nuanced interactions that we all face in our day-to-day life.

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⇞ Nico: Nico is a Sydney-based artist whose works can be found in public spaces and private collections all around the world. Nico’s works are vibrant, bold and highly decorative. Nico’s overall aesthetic is reflective of his background as a graphic designer, with a high level of importance being placed on traditional design elements and principals. Nico has created hundreds of street-based works throughout Australia, Europe and Asia in addition to regularly exhibiting and having work published internationally. Nico aims to bring positive change to the urban landscape and broader society through the creation and dissemination of uplifting artwork.

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⇞ Nev Sety: Nev Sety is a Sydney based stencil artist whose work can be seen on walls in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. Starting off with sticker art before moving onto paste ups, life-sized stencils and then large scale murals, his work has been constantly changing as he continues to push himself to face new challenges. Drawn to the therapeutic and meditative effects that the cutting and painting of stencils provides, Nev hopes to bring his viewers of his work along on his journey of learning and self-discovery.

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⇞ Mike Watt: Mike Watt is a Sydney based artist who uses a variety of mediums and methods to make his work, which normally consist of his distinctively gnarly characters. He draws inspiration from people he sees in the street and is fascinated with their weird details and quirks which he pushes into his work. He is also obsessed with pop culture and often creates his own version of existing characters. He’s been painting walls since the year 2000 and has been drawing for much longer.

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⇞ M-Lon: Miguel Gonzalez [AKA: M-Lon] from Caracas, Venezuela currently based in Sydney, Australia. Graduated in Architecture, self-taught in visual arts and illustration, mostly paints animals as metaphors of human behaviour inside society and issues that affect the people living in it. Has participated in murals, art for video-games, concept art for the TV industry; publications, and has been part of national and international collective and solo exhibitions. Co-founder and director of La Crème Creative and Kayapa Creative Studio on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

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⇞ Lauren Webster: Lauren Webster is an artist based in Sydney whose work has been exhibited across Australia and Internationally. Webster is also known to work under the pseudonym Lauren and The Lost Boys. Lauren Webster’s artwork speaks of desert dreamscapes, heartache and highway adventures. Her language draws strongly on vintage sentiments and aesthetics while remaining distinctly her own.

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⇞ Kyle Smith: Kyle Smith is a world-renowned custom car and motorcycle painter who dapples in various mediums and techniques, including metal flake, pin-striping, vinyl and more. With artwork and vehicles featured in shows around the globe, he can boast specialising in painting anything from motorcycles, Hot Rods, and helmets, to skateboard art, and custom metal flake roof layouts.

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⇞ Karen Farmer: Karen Farmer is an internationally recognised artist based in Sydney who uses painting as a linchpin where her surfaces become as important as the imagery. At around five years of age she began using painting as a way of describing the world, which forged a path and became a lifelong journey to become an artist.

An award winning artist locally Farmer has also become a regular exhibitor in New York and LA with her work held in collections globally. Soon to release a book about her “Bad Magpies” her recent work seeks to reveal the nature of the activist avenger which she explores using a magpie motif.

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⇞ Ingrid Wilson: Ingrid Wilson (IIMWII) is a Sydney-based artist completing her Masters of Fine Art at UNSW Art & Design. Inspired by typography and cognitive science, IIMWII explores the process of manipulation, pushing figures or words beyond recognition. Exploring a range of mediums, her current practice is focused on abstract fluid painting and portrait illustration.

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⇞ Ginger Taylor: Ginger Taylor is a Sydney based artist, who started her creative career at age four drawing on paper tablecloths in restaurants. Later on she was always getting detention throughout her high school years for drawing on anything she could manage. These days you can find her painting murals throughout Sydney, customising bowling pins, motorbike helmets, moonshine jugs, painting watercolour portraits of people, and generally making everyday objects interesting and pretty. Her influences include – neon signs, country music, white trash and glitter.

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⇞ Kentaro Yoshida: Kentaro Yoshida was born and raised in Japan, and moved to Australia when he was age of 18. After a decade, now he is an illustrator / artist, currently based in Manly, Northern Beaches of Sydney in Australia.

He is passionate with both traditional and digital method of drawing. He has worked with various international brands for their campaign to individual for completely personalised private commission.

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⇞ Jason Wing: As an artist Jason Wing questions our understanding of history and of our current socio-political reality. Wing repurposes everyday objects and imagery, creating works that are both visually confronting and deceptively simple. Wing was recently selected in the Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Wing’s work is held in both private and public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Artbank, Sydney; and the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, Virginia, USA.

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⇞ Blak Douglas: Art career now spanning two decades. Hailing from western Sydney, born to a Koori Father/Caucasian Mother. B.A. in Graphic Design, majoring in illustration & photography, became self-practiced in painting with a style influenced by the study of Graphic Design and devoutly politicised per social justice. Widely collected.

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⇞ Apeseven: George Hambov aka Apeseven grew up in the 1980’s Sydney skateboard scene. Freehand aerosol and traditional brush techniques are evident with works primarily incorporating mixed media (acrylics, aerosol, inks, found paper and objects). His current works focus on complex bio-feedback driven loops involving a tapestry of pattern, animals and skeletal structures. His work is held in a number of private collections in the USA, UK, Japan, Australia and has exhibited in National Gallery of Victoria and Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, USA).

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⇞ Amy Roser: Amy Roser is a Sydney based artist who hails from sunny Queensland. With a fascination for philosophy, art in place and weird things that people do, Roser channels her ever changing obsessions (currently including typography, the colour pink, Candy Chang, Alain de Botton, Jenny Holzer) and always flowers into her artwork. She works as the Art Pharmacy Consulting curator-in-residence, as well as the Vandal Gallery Manager.

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⇞ Simon Lovelace: Lovelace’s pop imagery is subversive and derisive and is reminiscent of 1970’s exploitation film in its use of manipulation and previously ‘innocent’ images and characters.

Simon Lovelace’s work balances intimacy with Kitsch. Alluding to a neo-pop expression, its success lies in the observer’s desire for a perverse moment, access to a reality they can only live through the artist’s personal studio time. His art allows a voyeurism often alluded to but restricted by others, genuine rude openness – refreshing.

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Van Dam Catnip https://silodrome.com/van-dam-catnip/ Thu, 30 Nov 2017 05:00:39 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=68563 Van Dam Catnip

Van Dam Boats Van Dam was founded in 1977 with a singular purpose – to build the best wooden power and sail boats in the world. The company is based in Boyne City, Michigan where two generations of the same family build classically-styled launches with craftsmanship at a level we more commonly associate with Lake...

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Van Dam Catnip

Van Dam Boats

Van Dam was founded in 1977 with a singular purpose – to build the best wooden power and sail boats in the world. The company is based in Boyne City, Michigan where two generations of the same family build classically-styled launches with craftsmanship at a level we more commonly associate with Lake Iseo than the Great Lakes.

Husband and wife Steve and Jean started Van Dam as a humble enterprise using epoxy and wood cold-molded boatbuilding techniques that Steve had learned working with one of the pioneers of the method in the 1970s. Today the company is run by Steve and Jean’s son Ben, who grew up building boats, and took over the company presidency in 2016.

The Van Dam Catnip

The Catnip project began at Van Dam in early 2016, it was designed to evoke the spirit and styling of the art deco era and the Ventnor runabouts that carved lines across lakes from California to the Carolinas.

People have been building wooden boats for thousands of years, but wood-epoxy construction is still relatively new in the long arc of maritime history. Whereas traditional wooden boats may be finished with oil, varnish, tar, or other sealants, wood-epoxy boats are sealed using modern epoxy resins. Cold molding is the process of laminating thin layers of wood together, with grains in opposing directions, to form compound shapes. These allow the boat to be sealed up watertight, the hull then forms a one-piece monocoque structure with exceptional resistance to rot, swelling, leaking, and marine borers like the Teredo worm.

In order to accommodate 5 people in comfort, the Catnip was designed to be 30′ long, with a beam of 8′ 6″. It has a total displacement of 6,200 lbs, a fuel capacity of 100 gallons, and a top speed of over 60 knots (70+ mph).

This speed is possible thanks to the installation of twin Ilmor MV8 engines, each with a displacement of 6 litres and 385 hp / 411 ft-lbs of torque driving through Borg-Warner V-Drives. To be clear, that’s approximately 41 horsepower more than a Lamborghini Aventador, and 315 ft-lbs more torque.

Interestingly, the Ilmor MV8 has built-in variable valve timing technology, dual-equal hydraulic cam phasers adjust camshaft timing at same rate for both intake and exhaust valves – advancing cam timing for low end torque and retarding cam timing for higher RPM-horsepower.

The engines are installed under the long sloping rear deck, a space that doubles as a sunbed when at anchor. Steering is accomplished with a pair of heavy-duty transom-hung rudders, and engine power is converted into motion thanks to twin raked ACME propellers.

Inside the cabin there’s seating for 5, or 4 with the rear drink-holder/armrest down, there’s also ample storage, a retracting Dietrich soft top that disappears below deck, an ice chest in the seat base, a flip up bolster for the helm seat, a custom banjo-steering wheel with tilt helm, and a hidden-retractable 12” chart plotter.

Catnip has a 150 mile range at a cruising speed of 25+mph, and has her own bespoke trailer matched to her bottom for a glove-like fit. She also has a full mooring and trailering cover to protect her from the elements when not in use.

If you’d like to see more from Van Dam you can click here to visit their website and view some of their other remarkable creations.

All images: Roe Photo, Ferndale, MI

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Rêve de Gosse by Raoul.W https://silodrome.com/reve-de-gosse-raoul-w/ Tue, 28 Nov 2017 04:00:20 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=68174 Rêve de Gosse by Raoul.W

Rêve de Gosse is a sculpture by Raoul.W, a French artist with a far better understanding of automobile mechanics and design than most, as he spent decades restoring vintage cars before creating a name for himself as an artist. This piece is titled Rêve de Gosse (Dream Kid), he created it in 2015 by painstakingly...

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Rêve de Gosse by Raoul.W

Rêve de Gosse is a sculpture by Raoul.W, a French artist with a far better understanding of automobile mechanics and design than most, as he spent decades restoring vintage cars before creating a name for himself as an artist.

This piece is titled Rêve de Gosse (Dream Kid), he created it in 2015 by painstakingly collecting suitable red die-cast model cars, and then carefully arranging them so as not to leave any space. Not as easy a task as it may sound. It uses a black wooden frame and measures in at a considerable 38″ x 38″ x 1.5″.

If you’d like to read more about it you can click here to view the listing on RM Sotheby’s.

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Delage 15 S8 by Raoul.W https://silodrome.com/delage-15-s8-raoul-w/ Sat, 18 Nov 2017 03:00:29 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=67812 Delage 15 S8 by Raoul.W

Delage was a French automaker that made a name for themselves building racing cars, before shifting to focus on luxury cars later in the company’s life. The engineering that went into the Delage Grand Prix cars was amongst the best in the world at the time, their two most famous engines were likely the V12...

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Delage 15 S8 by Raoul.W

Delage was a French automaker that made a name for themselves building racing cars, before shifting to focus on luxury cars later in the company’s life.

The engineering that went into the Delage Grand Prix cars was amongst the best in the world at the time, their two most famous engines were likely the V12 and straight-8 fitted to their Grand Prix cars of the 1920s. Both engines were staggeringly well designed for the time, featuring double overhead cams, 8000 rpm red lines, a horsepower figures from 110 right the way up to 195.

The Delage 15 S8 was so named because of it’s engine, a supercharged, DOHC straight-8 with a capacity of 1488 cc and 170 bhp at 8000 rpm. With its feather-like kerb weight of 748 kilograms (1649 lbs), the Delage 15 S8 was an exceptionally quick car, and in 1927 it won the Spanish, Italian, French, and British Grands Prix – taking the championship win for the year.

The sculpture you see here is the work of famed artist Raoul.W. It’s the 3rd in a series of 6 automotive sculptures he has planned on iconic 20th century racing cars. The Delage is constructed from 56 unique sections, each made from steel with a matte black epoxy finish. The wheels and tires have been built to give the illusion of movement, and it measures in at 147″ × 57″ × 40″.

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