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Custom (2020). Exhibition view. Image courtesy the artists + Gas, Los Angeles.
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Custom (2020). Exhibition view. Image courtesy the artists + Gas, Los Angeles.
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Spencer Longo, USA (2020). Installation view. Image courtesy the artist + Gas, Los Angeles.
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Erick Medel, Taz & America (2019). Installation view. Image courtesy the artist + Gas, Los Angeles.
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Nikita Gale, LOW MAINTENANCE: i only believe in horsepower now [excerpt] (2016). Installation view. Image courtesy the artist + Gas, Los Angeles.
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Custom (2020). Exhibition view. Image courtesy the artists + Gas, Los Angeles.
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Michael J. Bauman, Rolling Blind (2020). Presented by Tailgate Projects. Installation view. Image courtesy the artist + Gas, Los Angeles.
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Louise Rosendal, No Limit (Scratch Deluxe) (2020). Installation view. Image courtesy the artist + Gas, Los Angeles.
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Custom (2020). Exhibition view. Image courtesy the artists + Gas, Los Angeles.
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Custom (2020). Exhibition view. Image courtesy the artists + Gas, Los Angeles.
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Erick Medel, BADMFER (2019) & PATRONA (2020). Installation view. Image courtesy the artist + Gas, Los Angeles.
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Custom (2020). Exhibition view. Image courtesy the artists + Gas, Los Angeles.
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Erick Medel, Burning Pride (2020). Installation view. Image courtesy the artist + Gas, Los Angeles.
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Custom (2020). Exhibition view. Image courtesy the artists + Gas, Los Angeles.

A deep dive into car culture & its collisions with notions of identity in the Custom group show at Los Angeles’ Gas gallery

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Custom, a group show at Los Angeles’ Gas, ran February 14 to April 5.

Custom (2020). Exhibition view. Image courtesy the artists + Gas, Los Angeles.

With decals and mixed-media works covering the interior and exterior of Gas gallery’s truck container space, Custom explores the cultural imaginary of the automobile. Featuring Nikita Gale, Dahn Gim, Spencer Longo, Erick Medel, Natani Notah, Louise Rosendal and Tailgate Projects, the show considers how car culture collides across American popular culture with notions of identity. As stated in the press release: “in the United States the car is a symbol of freedom, success, individualism, and mobility. But the fantasies projected onto this object are deeply intertwined with issues related to gender, class, cultural assimilation, consumerism, oil dependence, affect, and isolation.”**

Custom, a group show at Gas, Los Angeles, ran February 14 to April 5, 2020.