Car Crash Studies, a thought provoking photographic study of cars that have been involved in severe and sometimes fatal accidents. The series moves between documentation and abstraction. While the car crash studies are typographical in nature, seeming in some instances to be closer to sterile accident report photographs, the subject matter incites the viewer to confront the human fear of trauma and death. Several of the images are vividly abstract and look more like landscapes than twisted metal. Collided body works, dents and cracks in varnish appear as highly enlarged details in the monumental works. These color plains become the ultimate instance of beauty created from suffering, pain and destruction. Although Car Crash Studies is specifically based on cars that have been involved in accidents, Howalts works rather attempt to portray an abstract, mental state, namely the duality we feel in relation to accidents or catastrophes when experienced from a distance as spectators.
Rare book, edition 300 ex. (numbered). Fine condition – see images.
Specifications: Etudes Books ・ 2012 ・ Hardcover ・ 17,5 x 24,5 cm / 48 pages ・ English / French ・ 9782953350661