Michael Markowsky – Driving Artwork

I only Drove the car, but this was a hell of a fun project to work on.

This is a Michael Markowsky project.
His Posting.

At sunrise on Saturday, August 26th, 2006 I put on a mountain climbing harness, and secured myself to the roof of my blue BMW. For two and half hours I painted the desert landscape with oil paints on linen panels, while a friend drove my car at speeds up to 75 miles per hour (120kmph) on the highway, near Joshua Tree National Park, two hours east of Los Angeles, California.

(Video camera: Greg Kucera. Still Photography by Kory Kinder. Drivers: Aaron Bocanegra and Zachary Stadel)

Above is the orginal video that was broadcast on television in Austria (3 minutes, 47 seconds).

The images below are of the paintings that I made on the roof of my car that day…

Joshua Tree as seen from the roof of my moving car I,
2006, oil on Belgian Linen,
10 1/2x 13 1/2 (26.7 x 34.5 cm)
Joshua Tree as seen from the roof of my moving car II,
2006, oil on Belgian Linen,
10 1/2x 13 1/2 (26.7 x 34.5 cm)
Joshua Tree as seen from the roof of my moving car III,
2006, oil on canvas,
10 1/2x 13 1/2 (26.7 x 34.5 cm)
Joshua Tree as seen from the roof of my moving car IV,
2006, oil on Belgian Linen,
10 1/2x 13 1/2 (26.7 x 34.5 cm)
Joshua Tree as seen from the roof of my moving car V,
2006, oil on Belgian Linen,
10 1/2x 13 1/2 (26.7 x 34.5 cm)
Installation of Driving Paintings at
Axis Contemporary Art,
Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 2006

Joshua Tree,
video projection at the MAK Center,
Los Angeles, California, 2006

Joshua Tree,
video projection at Cold Storage,
Los Angeles, California, 2006
Joshua Tree,
video projection at Cold Storage,
Los Angeles, California, 2006

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