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Wacky Car Art Rolls into Raleigh

Posted May 7, 1998

— For some people, a car is merely a means of transportation. Others consider it a facet of their personality. WRAL's Tracy Wilson went Out and About to learn more about the wacky world of car art... and found it's like no other art form you've ever seen before.

Car art is turning up all across the country. One artist who's known as the master of mobile art is Harrod Blank. He's coming all the way from Berkley, California with his now-famous camera van. The van is covered with 2,000 cameras and some 40 flash attachments that actually work. It took Bland about 2 years to collect, glue and drill the cameras of all shapes and sizes to the Dodge van.

Beware if you're driving down the road and Harrod pulls up next to you. He may end up taking a picture of you with one of five cameras on that car that actually work from remote controls. Harrod is currently working on a documentary about car art.

The exhibit also features a car created by the Triangle's own Toby Galinkin. She's been turning heads in Chapel Hill and Carrboro for about a dozen years. You may have seen her first car, which has hundreds of doll heads glued on it. Call it anything, but just don't call it boring!

You'll even have a chance to take home one of these works of art. One of the cars, called "Road Rage," will be raffled off. Heath Satow created the purple monster to depict what happens to some drivers when they get behind the wheel.

The creation is a departure for Satow, who is known for his more traditional public art, including sculptures on display at the J.C. Raulston Arboretum and the new Wake Med children's wing. He says he loved the chance to turn his ordinary Ford Escort into a real statement piece.

Or check out the Button King, who has created a button covered car, hearse, coffin and even a toilet! Though most people know him as the Button King, his real name is Dalton Stevens. He's from Bishopville, South Carolina, but he's known all across the country from his appearances on Late Night with David Letterman and the Tonight Show. Stevens plans to show his work and even perform during the exhibit. In all, there will be 7 cars and a motorcycle on display at the Sir Walter Chevrolet Building, 530 S. McDowell Street, Raleigh. The show is sponsored by the Museum of Contemporary Art.

The Wild Wheels exhibit officially opens with a receptions Saturday May 9th. Tickets are $45 a person and live bands will perform.

Regular exhibit dates are from May 10 - may 17. Tickets cost $5 for adults, $2 for children under 12, or bring the family (2 parents and all the kids) for $12. For more information, call the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh at919-839-2077.

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