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Car Painting

George Barber
2006
6 min Colour video

Branson

In Car Painting a man arrives in a van by the side of a road. He takes out various pots of paint and starts to throw colour on the road. Understandably, motorists avoid him. Soon though there is not enough space for the cars to avoid the paint and so the traffic begins to drag the paint out across the dual carriageway and create an abstract painting. Fundamentally, the piece is a painting done by traffic. Car Painting is an ironic comment on Abstract Expressionism and shows that a work containing emotion and passion can be created by people driving to work. Nobody has ever thought this. Rational beings driving cars engage with colour and become the brushes producing a very lush 'action' canvas by the end. GB

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