Revival Studio

Automotive Inspired Artwork Created by Aaron Stein

Artist Statement:                                                                                                                                               

                “We are drivin’ down that road to ruin.” James Taylor, Traffic Jam. 

I have always had a passion for automobiles and my artwork examines the love/hate relationship automotive consumerism forces us all to experience.  I ask myself how can something which has such strongly influenced the design of our landscape while at the same time incurring major environmental degradation become our present way of life? 

Between all the negative impacts automobiles have on our present day society and the rose-colored nostalgic car memories we hold dearly such as family vacations, first kisses, or just cruising around with friends with your first taste of freedom, my work chooses to focus on the conflict between both ends of the spectrum.

License plates, especially older weathered ones, are full of character and grab my attention.  The state, date, numbers and letters all are ripe with associations.  They become familiar icons and everyone has their own experiences they can identify by year or state of the license plate.  In my work I choose to use license plates as my main medium to express the melancholy feeling I hold about the automobile and its esteemed rank in our society.

I draw inspiration from the Surrealist and Dada movements, most especially Joseph Cornell.  I am compelled to produce my work and I create a very personal view using common objects.  Scavenging materials, drawing, photography, painting, sculpting, wood & metal working, buying, collecting and wrecking toys are all part of my non-traditional creative process.  I hope you enjoy my work as much as I enjoy putting it out there.  Commissions are always welcome.  Thank you.

 

Aaron Stein