The pursuit of a Luxury Lifestyle sometimes leaves us a tad up-ended and disorientated. We can rationalise our toys and treats even if as mundane as an assigned price or value.
If you want a Rolls Royce in iridescent purple with lime green polka dots: “…the cost of true luxury is the choice that it affords.”
When it comes to Art, the usual algorithms do not apply. Recently, the M.A.D. Gallery announced and exhibited “Disintegrating X”, admittedly, a stunning photograph of an exploding Lamborghini by renowned Swiss photographer Fabian Oefner.
After the “Disintegrating” and “Disintegrating II” series, created by using scale models, Fabian Oefner produced – for the first time – one of his highly provocative images with a real car. Not just any car: our petrolheads go weak at the knees for the iconic Lamborghini Miura SV from 1972.
“It had always been my dream to create an art piece with a real car. One day, a friend said to me, “I have a Miura and I’m having it restored. Why don’t you take the opportunity to create one of your Disintegrating images?” And of course he didn’t have to ask me twice to work on one of my favourite cars, to get to touch every single screw and piece of that legend, and put them into a final composition… that’s a dream come true!” said Fabian Oefner when interviewed by the Lamborghini magazine.
This arty image took almost two years to create, during which Oefner and his team travelled to workshops involved with the Lamborghini Factory in Sant’Agata, Italy to capture each piece of the car as it was being restored.
The final image, consisting of more than 1,500 individual photographs shows a new level of hyper-reality, unprecedented in the artist’s previous work.
How could it not?
He used a real car!
Maximilian Büsser, M.A.D.Gallery Founder and Curator said: “Fabian Oefner’s works are perfect examples of how mechanical art can be powerfully beautiful. Seeing objects we are so familiar with broken down into thousands of pieces, challenges the viewer’s perception of these items. ‘Disintegrating X’ truly encapsulates M.A.D.Gallery’s concept of celebrating the art of mechanics.”
Bearing in mind that M.A.D. stands for Mechanical Art Devices, one can understand where he is coming from. When you look through previous projects that Max Büsser has been involved for MB&F timepieces and M.A.D. Gallery, you can sense the “madness” in the founder.
“Disintegrating X” is available in 2 sizes:
Limited to 18 prints: 4,900 CHF inc. VAT
2 artist editions: 6,000 CHF inc. VAT
Limited to 8 prints: 19,500 CHF inc. VAT
2 artist editions: 22,000 CHF inc. VAT
VIDEO: Making of ‘Disintegrating X’
It was interesting reflecting upon my emotions when discovering this image.
My reflexive response was indignation and abhorrence when I first saw it, thinking some self-indulgent yahoo had wilfully destroyed an iconic piece of motoring history. And I’m not even a bona fide automotive aficionado. It was the same response as if someone had killed Cecil the Lion in Zimbabwe with an arrow. Reference Wikipedia
Finally, there was wonderment at the technology and methodology of making a collage of 1,500 components for the final art piece. For it is a piece of art.
Previous Max Büsser Projects [Click Below]
Author’s Biography: Melvyn Teillol-Foo (MTF)
Dr Melvyn Teillol-Foo is a contributor on AlphaLuxe web magazine. He was former CEO of PuristSPro.com horology discussion fora. He blends his scientific medical objectivity from the pharmaceutical industry with purist passion, in his musings about watches, travel, wine, food and other epicurean delights.
His travelogue ‘Lazing’ and feasting ‘Grazing’ series of articles have now passed into “mythic legend” on the original ‘ThePuristS.com’ website. Those were the halcyon days when he was “rich and famous” that he remembers with bittersweet fondness.
Dr Teillol-Foo is a quoted enthusiast on the watch industry, appearing in feature articles and interviews by Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Sunday Times (London), Chronos (Japan), Citizen Hedonist (France) and other publications. He has authored articles for magazines like International Watch (iW) – both U.S. & Chinese editions, ICON (Singapore), August Man (Singapore), Comfort (China) and The Watch (Hong Kong).