Plight of Illegal Immigrants Illustrated by Driving Video Sculpture

This is the last week to view Miami-based artist, Steven Gagnon’s driving video sculpture, the “Border Cruiser” at the ArtCar Museum in Houston, TX. The alternative exhibition space invited Gagnon to present his mobile video artwork as part of the group show, ONLY YESTERDAY during the city’s Twelfth International Fotofest Biennial. Gagnon’s work is presented with the photography of Rania Matar, Marilyn Davenport, Ezekiel Solis, and a video by David Purdie. The show closes on April 27th, 2008.

The “Border Cruiser“ is a video installation in a former police car. Projected from inside onto the rear windows of the vehicle is a Brazilian immigrant who tells his ordeal of how he entered the United States illegally and the difficulties he faces once he is in the country. The video sculpture is the fourth project in an ever expanding body of work and marks the first that maintains the full functionality of the automobile while the videos are playing. The work’s intent is to heighten public awareness of the dangers and hardships that immigrants face who enter the country illegally to find work.

The project was well received at its debut during ArtBasel Miami Beach. Not only was the work presented at Fountain Miami and Bridge Miami satellite art fairs, but could also be seen driving on the streets of Miami Beach and Miami to various evening events and parties during the ArtBasel week.

Gagnon’s work has been reviewed in the Wall Street Journal, published in Harper’s Magazine, appeared on billboards around the country, and exhibited internationally in numerous art fairs, museums, and galleries over the last decade. His artwork is in public and corporate collections, including: the Federal Reserve Board; the Art Museum of South Texas; and American Bank, as well as, in private collections including: art collector, Richard Shack; and author, Andrew Tobias.

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Use of the Border Cruiser photos are unrestricted.

For more information please contact the artist Steven Gagnon via e-mail: \n steven@stevengagnon.com or by phone: 305 528 6405.

Exhibition: “Only Yesterday”
Duration: March 8th until April 27th, 2008
ArtCar Museum
Wednesday thru Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
140 Heights Blvd.
Houston, TX 77007
www.artcarmuseum.com
Ph: 713 861 5526

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