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JEREMY'S MAGICAL MYSTERY CAR,
BY URBAN MOSAIC MURALIST, RENEE HOWARD
Los Angeles, CA (April 29, 2020) This new unusual artwork, “Jeremy’s Magical Mystery Car” is the 9th project by mixed media artist, Renee Howard, utilizing only upcycled, recycled, and discarded objects. Start to finish the 1998 Toyota Corolla took 52 weekends of creative time spent meticulously placing Disney characters, hand-made button stacks, dozens of compact discs, hand-broken bottle glass from bottles others donated, many angels, a mix of plastic items and hardware supplies, even a vintage typewriter. She is now completing the final overall varnish using an antibacterial, antimicrobial, clear coat paint to permanently seal each object into place, all done by brush.
Detail of JEREMY'S MAGICAL MYSTERY CAR
This is the Arleta artists’ first departure into working with an automobile as a canvas, adding “Cartist” to her portfolio. These artists represent a very unique artform and culture while emphasizing the now necessary alternative to dismantling cars for parts, and then discarding the rest to sit in landfills. She selected this make and model as it continues to be one of the best-selling cars on earth, “beginning in 1974 with an estimated 44 million sold over 12 generations” (source, Wikipedia.com, “Toyota Corolla”). First inspired by Simon Rodia’s, “Watts Towers”, during a grade school field trip left her with a deep knowing, making “that kind of art” was somewhere in her future.
Urban Mosaic Muralist, Renee Howard in front of
one of her massive upcycled urban mosaic masterpieces.
She began this colorful piece, originally titled “Jeremy’s Ghost Car”, because it lacks title, registration or VIN, on March 9, 2019 and glued the last piece to the surface on March 29, 2020. Her last major commission, a 12’ x 45’ cinderblock wall, is now a San Fernando Valley favorite and was completed in September of 2018 and is titled “Heavy Metal Wall and Rock ‘n’ Roll Sidewalk”. It is located on Van Owen in North Hollywood, CA and is a remarkably fluid, mosaic masterpiece paying homage to all things rock music related.
HEAVY METAL WALL & Rock 'N' ROLL SIDEWALK
North Hollywood, CA
“Everything has a history,” Howard said. “I like the fact that when something is ready to be thrown out and it has no use, I can find another use for it in my murals and artworks.” The artist is looking to donate this latest sculptural work to an organization in Southern California, be sure to stay tuned as to who the lucky recipient or community will be. For more information on Renee, please contact Shawni Groves at the address below, or visit: www.PasticheGardens.com, and be sure to follow her at: @PasticheGardens on Instagram.