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Art: brent granby’s visual art

Proof of Concept

America Jean Baudrillard “The point is not to write the sociology or psychology of the car, the point is to drive. That way you learn more about this society than all academia could ever tell you.    The way American cars have of leaping into action, of taking off so smoothly, by virtue of their […]

Berlin 1945

It must have seemed like the end the world at the end of World War II, particularly in Berlin, German. The country suffered massive destruction from both the air and ground forces of the Allied Armies. Berlin was left in rubbles and Germany was divided between USSR, France, England and the Americans. The Germany economy […]

Hands

“A man paints with his brain not with his hands” Michelangelo “There is sound reason to believe than man’s brain was from the beginning far more important than his hands, and its size could not be derived solely from his shaping or using of tools; that ritual and language and social organization which left no […]

Flow tanker

“The way you see the natural world around you determines much about the kind of world you are willing to live with. It you are aware that whales once swam in your local waters, than you can ask yourself whether they might belong to those straits and bays one again. If you’re unaware of the […]

Transcendence and human compassion

“In China, when we grew up, we had nothing … But for even the poorest people, the treat or the treasure we’d have would be the sunflower seeds in everybody’s pockets.  It’s a work about mass production and repeatedly accumulating the small effort of individuals to become a massive, useless piece of work.” Ai Weiwei “We live […]

The will to motorize: from utility to desire

“In 1927, for the first time since it introduced the Model T, Ford lost its sales lead to General Motors, never again to regain it.” “Henry Ford came out with his “re-styled” Model A. The era of styling began.” ‘Actually, the problem the automobile industry was grappling with was on of maintaining a sales pace […]

Its all about land use policy

  For more than a century the automobile has become the preeminent form of transportation. The manufacturing of cars is central to our economy for jobs and also as a driver of resources for them. The use of cars is a choice for some of us and a de facto mode of travelling for many. […]

A park under every parking spot

Is there a park under every parking spot? Can car sharing reduce the demand for parking in cities? If cities needed less parking because residents were walking, riding, using public transit and using car sharing the space that was being used to park cars could be transformed for other uses. Public space is a valuable […]

A mini van in every drive way

“A mini van in every drive way” Acrylic on recovered plywood, 48″x48″ in progress

The Ford Pinto

Pinto, 48″x48″, acrylic, on recovered plywood. My memories of the Ford Pinto are from my Dad’s car pool pal “Curly” Kennedy who owned one. Curly was a giant of a man in many ways. As a boy, when I was sent out to tell him that my Dad would be right out, I would tease […]