In 2009 and 2012 Leon Chew made two journeys through the Californian high desert. During these journeys Chew collected blown-out car and truck tire fragments from the roadside, which were then transported back to his studio in London where they were photographed. These images are re-presented as photographic screen prints on highly reflective polished black steel panels. Chew’s use of polished steel as a substrate for the printing process has multiple connotations - black mirrors have long been associated with memory and spirit visioning and the use of high-grade steel has a clear reference to the motorcar.
- Featured Artist:
- Leon Chew