Swiss artist Fabian Oefner offers a glimpse of unique moments that never existed in real life: Images of exploding cars. The fresh take on automotive art has gears changing around the art world and is certainly generating attention for the extremely innovative artist.
Of course, Oefner’s cars are not actually exploding. The photos were painstakingly created by blending hundreds of images together. In order to accomplish that, model cars were disassembled and the parts were photographed individually. The finished product is the illusion of an exploding car, which is fascinating to take in.
Oefner’s approach to photography is far from traditional. Photography captures and freezes moment in time, but these pieces took many moments to create. In fact, it took nearly 3 weeks to create each image. The process was lengthy, with each one first drafted on paper. Next the car models were taken apart, each with hundreds of parts. When the parts were out, they were suspended with needles and string and photographed. The final single image masterpiece was postproduction.
3 stars of the exploding exotic artwork include:
- A 1967 Ferrari 330 P4
- A 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe
- And a 1961 Jaguar E-Type
Oefner has other automotive art offerings, including his ‘Hatch’ series. This series depicts the birth of a car and was inspired by a hatching chicken. In the Hatch Series, Oefner explores the creation (birth) of a manufactured and loved object coming out of its shell and into the world.
Fabian Oefner’s work will be on display at the M.A.D. Gallery in Geneva until May 2014.
Oefner prefers to avoid fitting the mold, which makes his work memorable.
Part of the Hatch series by Oefner
Fun fact: The photograph that inspired 14-year-old Fabian Oefner to purchase his first camera was of a bullet piercing an apple by Harold Edgerton.
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