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In Pictures: See Contemporary Artworks That Celebrate the Vibrant Creativity of Lowrider and Skater Culture

In Pictures: See Contemporary Artworks That Celebrate the Vibrant Creativity of Lowrider and Skater Culture

“Desert Rider” at the Phoenix Art Museum is a trip.

The show focuses on car culture and skateboard culture in the American Southwest—specifically how it has been a resource and inspiration for both Latinx and Indigenous artists. The many sculptures within capture the exuberance of lowrider style, its concept of customization as a creative outlet, and its grassroots displays of identity.

“I hope guests see the impact that local culture has had on artists working in the Southwest and appreciate this piece of history from the land in which they were born,” curator Gilbert Vicario said in a statement about the show.

Among the highlights are Justin Favela’s Gypsy Rose Piñata (II), a full-scale sculpture of a hot-pink lowrider in the style of a piñata, newly commissioned for “Desert Rider.” Douglas Miles’s installation You’re Skating on Native Land (2022) features skate decks bearing the titular phrase alongside photos from his Apache community—the Phoenix New Times called it “a stunning reminder of place.”

And one of the works visitors will surely remember is Liz Cohen’s well-known project Trabantimino (2002–10). Cohen spent eight years merging two incongruously different vehicles—an East German Trabant and a Chevy El Camino—into one car, then transforming herself for the role of a car model for a series of set-up photos.

See photos from “Desert Rider” below.

Installation view of Desert Rider

Installation view of “Desert Rider,” Phoenix Art Museum, 2022. Courtesy of the Phoenix Art Museum. Photo: Airi Katsuta.

Justin Favela, Seven Magic Tires (Phoenix), 2022

Justin Favela, Seven Magic Tires (Phoenix) (2022). Courtesy of the Phoenix Art Museum, Photo: Airi Katsuta.

Jose Villalobos, QueeRiders, 2022

Jose Villalobos, QueeRiders (2022). Courtesy of the Phoenix Art Museum. Photo: Airi Katsuta.

Margarita Cabrera, Agua que no has de beber dejala correr (Water That You Should Not Drink, Let It Run), 2006-2022

Margarita Cabrera, Agua que no has de beber dejala correr (Water That You Should Not Drink, Let It Run) (2006–22). Collection of the artist and courtesy of Tally Dunn Gallery, Dallas.

Margarita Cabrera, Agua que no has de beber dejala correr

Detail of Margarita Cabrera, Agua que no has de beber dejala correr (Water That You Should Not Drink, Let It Run) (2006–22). Collection of the artist and courtesy of Tally Dunn Gallery, Dallas.

Douglas Miles, You’re Skating on Native Land, 202

Installation view of Douglas Miles, You’re Skating on Native Land (2022). Courtesy of the artist and the Phoenix Art Museum. Photo: Airi Katsuta.

Douglas Miles, You’re Skating on Native Land, 2022

Detail of Douglas Miles, You’re Skating on Native Land (2022). Courtesy of the artist and the Phoenix Art Museum. Photo: Airi Katsuta.

Liz Cohen, Trabantimino, 2002-2010

Installation view of Liz Cohen, Trabantimino (2002–10). Courtesy of the Phoenix Art Museum. Photo: Airi Katsuta.

Liz Cohen, Trabantimino, 2002-2010

Installation view of Liz Cohen, Trabantimino (2002–10). Courtesy of the Phoenix Art Museum. Photo: Airi Katsuta.

Liz Cohen, Lowrider Builder and Child, 2012

Liz Cohen, Lowrider Builder and Child (2012). Courtesy of the artist.

Liz Cohen, Gloria Garcett (2018)

Liz Cohen, Gloria Garcetti (2018). Courtesy of the artist.

Carlotta Boettcher, Cars in the New Mexico Landscape II (1996-1998)

Carlotta Boettcher, Cars in the New Mexico Landscape – 50s Chevy with Tree (1996–98). Collection of the artist. © Carlotta Boettcher.

Courtesy: artnet

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