Lacquered wood and neon glass, 2018
This neon collaboration with Willard Woodworks and Ion Art is part of my Stained Slab series about lowriders. The piece captures, in rhythmic perfection, the lowrider hop. Ever since the long, steel-bodied frames of lowriders have been rigged with airplane hydraulics to bounce, hop, pop, freestyle or ride low and slow, there has been an air of innovation and competition surrounding these rolling works of art. Hop contests occur at lowrider and custom car shows all over the world where expert mechanics and curators are challenged to push their machines to the limit, seeing just how high they can get the front end to hang, often at the expense of their wheels and suspension, or even resulting in complete destruction from explosion or fire.