"The Last of the V8s" by David Packer
ceramic, automotive paint
28" x 40" x 21" (ea)
Five ceramic representations of brightly colored eight-cylinder engine blocks make up New York artist David Packer’s “The Last of the V8s.” To the artist, the V8 engine represents the pinnacle of technical brilliance, a beautiful and seductive result of years of funding, research and energy. Technology has always fostered development and growth, but the coin has two sides. The engine has now come to represent a culture addicted to oil and other forms of environmental degradation. Packer says his work directs us to examine the fleeting, bittersweet moment when both sides of the coin are visible.