Circulating around the Blue Dome Arts Festival this weekend (it’s that thing next to Mayfest where you see artists from Tulsa) we got to see a lot of old friends and meet some interesting and creative people.
When we wandered down to Living Arts it was time to stroll through the vehicles on display for the Art Car Weekend. It reminded me of a meeting several years ago. Steve Liggett and a fledgeling group of organizers wanted to produce an event inspired by the massive Houston Art Car event. Steve asked me to attend because he knew I was a “car guy.”
I soon learned that a Car Guy is quite different from an Art Car Guy.
What became readily apparent at those early meetings was the “art,” in this instance, was something one must apply to an existing car. My suggestion that the car itself might be art was met with silence. I offered that a lovingly restored antique or an aerodynamic racing car designed by artisans might qualify as art on its own merit. Unfortunately that didn’t fit in with the art car philosophy.
That pretty much signaled the end of my involvement. But don’t get me wrong- I love some of the zany ideas these folks come up with. A Subaru covered with hundreds of dentures was a notable highlight this year- of course it was called the “Chewbaru.”
I applaud their efforts- and the success of the Tulsa’s ArtCar Weekend. I’d say we’re both better off without me.