Diana’s capability of capturing and representing the warm and playful sociality of the auto shop comes from her way of working with Speed and other mechanics. Diana spent weeks getting to know Speed, Ralus, John, Tom, and other regulars at Enthusiast Automotive before she started taking their photographs. She made connections with the mechanics and found ways to relate to them by the little conversations with photos in between the moments she spoke with them.
Video by DAVON RAMOS
Davon’s poignant video portrait of Speed draws on his strength as a considerate cameraman and as an astute interviewer. As he was filming, Davon was careful not to overburden the mechanics working on cars. His filming style represents a dignified approach that is not always inherent in the mere act of pointing a video camera. His compelling questions drew an eloquent and poetic story from the mechanics about their lives in the East Bay. Currently, Davon is working on video portraits of Ralus Rogers and John Terry.
Paintings and Drawings by DANIEL GALLEGOS
Daniel contributed a series of watercolor drawings and oil paintings that he had done over the course of his two-year interaction with Enthusiast Automotive and its surrounding neighborhood. Daniel’s artworks convey his interest in social and material relationships between buildings, cars, car parts and people. He expressed the aesthetic and affective qualities of working on classic cars.
Sculpture by JAMES CROSBY
For James, the work in which the Enthusiast Automotive mechanics were engaged was familiar on many different levels, including the fact that both were creatively recycling old car parts. As his contribution to the installation, James offered a piece produced from Ralus’s old car parts. His gesture of making a heart out of old tires was poetic, touching, and wildly popular among many visitors attending the show.
Texts by Zhanara Nauruzbayeva and Daniel Gallegos
Along with these artworks, we have featured short meditative pieces on the Enthusiast Automotive auto shop.
We have also displayed a photo installation of Speed’s portfolio.