Exhibition Dates: April 3 - May 31, 2014
Artist's Opening Reception:
Wednesday, April 2
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Adam Bartos's images are immediate, thrilling, and speak with immediacy to the world of driver-owned motor racing. Bartos traveled to the local speedways of rural New York, Florida, and New Mexico where drivers race super-stock cars for sheer thrill. Free from corporate sponsorship these events are crude. Cars race on a quarter-mile of dirt-paved oval tracks for little prize money. It is said that stock car racing began during prohibition when moonshiners ran illegal cargo on backroads in the dark of night. This developed into the stock-car racing in weekend competitions. The culture is rough and tumble and this translates into Bartos's tightly-framed shots. Car seats and gas pedals, seat belts and helmets, engines, tires, and dislodged steering wheels speak to the home-grown nature of the sport. Stock car racing is elemental and rough, dangerous and daring. Bartos's images translate this world to us in pieces. His almost painterly frames are gritty and tactile and emit fascination at the high-stakes fun of this country sport.
Adam Bartos's work is in such notable collections as the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among others. His work has widely exhibited, and five books on earlier bodies of work have been published: International Territory (1994), Kosmos (2001), Boulevard (2005), Yard Sale Photographs (2009), and Darkroom (2012).
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Uranium Capitol Speedway, Grants, NM, 2012
Courtesy of Gitterman Gallery