Art + Automobiles: FreeWheeling at The Bascom
FreeWheeling, set for May 11 through August 21, is The Bascom’s dynamic celebration of the fusion of engineering and style.
The Bascom: A Center for Visual Arts is showcasing the design artistry of cars and their hold on the public’s imagination with Celebrate Art + Automobile. One aspect of this project is a special exhibition at The Bascom titled FreeWheeling: The Allure of the Automobile in Contemporary Art, which runs from May 11–August 21.
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–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.
Shared Billy Love, Bascom’s creative director, “This multi-tiered experience, curated by artist and architect Knight Martorell, is presented in the appreciation of art and the automobile. 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.”
Added Martorell: “Some of the paintings in ‘Freewheeling’ are not about cars at all, but contain cars as supporting actors in a compositional narrative. On a very personal level, curating ‘Freewheeling’ has been the marriage of, and the opportunity to share, two great passions in my life, art and automobiles. Choreographing this experience, within a contained gallery space, also embraced a third passion, architecture.”
Anyone in the Highlands area the weekend of Highlands Motoring Festival – 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.
For an in-depth preview of this exhibit, see our profile of our May Cover Artist and FreeWheeling Contributor Sue Steele Thomas on Page 82.