Celebrate Art + Automobile: FreeWheeling
The Bascom’s staging an irresistible exhibition that celebrates the seductive power of automotive art.
The 14th Annual Highlands Motoring Festival takes place June 10-13. Much is packed into the four days (see highlandsmotoringfestival.com for the schedule), but this year offers an additional treat for car enthusiasts and the general public alike.
The 2021 Highlands Motoring Festival has aligned with The Bascom: A Center for Visual Arts to present Celebrate Art + Automobile. One aspect of this collaboration is a special exhibition at The Bascom titled Freewheeling: The Allure of the Automobile in Contemporary Art, which runs from May 11 through August 21.
Located in The Bascom’s Bunzl Gallery, the exhibit will feature works by renowned international automotive artists, including canvas, paper, and sculpture. Additionally, a rotating display of extremely rare and unique automobiles will be available for visitors to view.
“This multi-tiered experience, curated by artist and architect Knight Martorell, is presented in the appreciation of art and the automobile,” says Bascom Creative Director Billy Love. “It examines design as art, the inherent duality of functional art, the allure of the automobile as art itself inspiring expression in another art-form, and the dialogue between inspiration and expression.”
Anyone in the Highlands area the weekend of June 10-13 will have plenty of activities to choose from: car shows, a parade, an opportunity to support local charities, and a visit to The Bascom, which provides an ongoing opportunity for local and regional artists to showcase their work. Plus, visitors can purchase handcrafted items and art.
“The Bascom’s three galleries and the Winkler Sculpture and Nature Trail are host to approximately 10 exhibitions each year, which pair with our education programs to attract 20,000 visitors to The Bascom,” said Love.
by Luke Osteen