Witnessing the rapid creation of two short-lived Porsche art cars
Porsche enjoys a long and colourful history of art cars, one-off expressions of unfettered imagination that highlight and celebrate the appeal of the marque around the world. From Janis Joplin’s psychedelic Sixties 356 to Richard Phillip’s 911 RSR that won its class at Le Mans in 2019, the art car is a deep-seated part of Porsche culture and one that is finding new life in the next generation.
Porsche Cars Canada recently teamed up with Art Battle, an international organisation that brings together up-and-coming new artists for time-limited knock-out competitions with the ultimate goal of finding regional and national champions in numerous cities around the world.
The event, dubbed ‘The Art of Electric’, was the first Art Battle to ever use cars as a canvas, with Porsche Cars Canada providing two Taycan 4S models, wrapped in black and white to favour the artists’ preferred mediums. Stepping up to the black car was Rei Misiri, a Toronto-based calligraphy artist who specialises in murals and, happily for him, painting cars.
Going up against Misiri was Megan Claire Keho, another Toronto artist who works with large and brightly coloured wall painting. The artists began their battle in front of a large audience, both in the room and online via a livestream, with their very different approaches captivating the crowd from the start. Under hot studio lights and with an energising musical accompaniment, their works progressed rapidly.
“The pressure’s on,” said Misiri, but it’s good pressure. Time is limited so you have to be a bit more strategic, but you also have to make sure to be in a good mood, feeling inspired and there to have fun and share what goes on in your mind!
“The Porsche Taycan has got some really sweet curves,” commented Keho, whose palette would centre around her favourite neons and fuschia pinks. She’s electric, she’s responsible but she’s also hot, and you don’t always see those two paired together. I want it to look the way it feels when you drive it – that soul connection where your car becomes an extension of your body.
Nov 14, 2021 at 05:39