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A new exhibition at a Los Angeles gallery will mix art and automobiles

A new exhibition at a gallery in Los Angeles will mix art and automobiles, turning the prominent mode of transportation into a canvas.

Piston Head II at Venus gallery in Los Angeles.
Piston Head II at Venus gallery in Los Angeles. Image by VENUS Gallery

The exhibition, Piston Head II, is on at Venus gallery, bringing together works that explore “the relationship and parallels between art and the automobile”.

The works look at the car as both a “cultural icon and sculptural form” through pieces by artists like César, Katherine Bernhardt, Will Boone, Keith Haring, Matthew Day Jackson, Olivier Mosset and more.

A photo posted by VENUS (@v_over_m) on Jul 30, 2016 at 10:42am PDT

According to the gallery, the car has shaped human experience and inspired artists for years, and the artists featured in the new exhibit use the vehicle to explore “the tensions between aesthetics and utility”.

There will also be a Land Rover, painted by influential artist Keith Haring in 1983, on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles in partnership with the art exhibit.

About last night | #KeithHaring unveiling at the @petersenmuseum

A video posted by VENUS (@v_over_m) on Jul 29, 2016 at 8:13am PDT

Venus is located at 601 South Anderson Street in LA, and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 to 6. Piston Head II is on display until 10 September.