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By John DeWitt

besides the Harley-Davidson motorbike, sizzling rods and customized automobiles are strong symbols of resistance, uprising, and the high-octane way of life. because the Fifties, those flashy restyled vehicles have occupied a distinct position in American renowned mythology.

Cool automobiles, excessive paintings: the increase of Kustom Kulture assessments out this fairly male lifestyle with an up-close examine personalized vehicle artwork and the artists who create it. via awesome technical mastery, coupled with a uniquely American mind's eye, those motorheads rework heavily produced items of into detailed home made items of paintings referred to as "rods" and "customs."

this primary full-length examine to target the perform of sizzling rodding and automobile customizing argues not just that this "kustom kulture" merits attention as a resource of valid paintings kinds but in addition that the increase of yank motor vehicle customizing displays the attitudes and ideas of the teenager tradition that emerged within the Fifties. whereas tracing the evolution of kinds, this e-book examines particular vehicles and the development of auto tradition in the course of the Nineteen Nineties.

Cool vehicles, excessive paintings: the increase of Kustom Kulture argues in addition that during this motor vehicle artwork the theories of modernism meld with pop culture. of their good looks, within the sophistication in their designs, and of their formal play, those remodeled, re-imagined autos parallel the guidelines, innovations, and fulfillment of high-art modernists. And as excessive paintings progresses into postmodernism, so too does custom-made vehicle tradition.

regardless of the durability and the value of Kustom Kulture, this far-reaching contribution to American paintings has principally been overlooked through mainstream critics. whereas postulating the reason for this anomaly, this publication questions what's intended via paintings and the way preconceived notions of gender, race, and sophistication usually hinder the popularity of creativity in areas the place mind's eye isn't expected.

John F. DeWitt, an affiliate professor of English and the performing director of the liberal arts software on the collage of the humanities in Philadelphia, is the writer of numerous books of poetry. He has been released in The New American Review and New Geography of yank Poets.

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