Beni Bischof’s cars – A vision for driving in the future?

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Beni Bischof – Handicapped Cars

Published on: Friday January 23, 2015

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Introduction

Beni Bischof has created a series of art that he calls ‘Handicapped Cars’. Through these series, he has developed an uncanny ability to manipulate cool autos digitally. He’s proven quite adept at this sort of work. Consequently, he has earned rave reviews from all over the world. Through this series and others of a similar nature, Bischof has demonstrated his ability to run with a simplistic yet richly creative piece of art.

What are Handicapped Cars?

In the title Handicapped Cars, one may be left wondering what such cars“>cars look like. For starters, they are without wheels. A first glimpse into them tells you that are viewing cars. In a way, you may even believe that the cars are drivable. However, the truth is they aren’t! They only exist as digital manipulations. Often, Beni Bischof makes the cars float.

Beni Bischof - Handicapped Cars

Beni Bischof – Handicapped Cars

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Beni Bischof – Handicapped Cars

Inspiration

Beni Bischof says that his Handicapped Cars series is the result of inspiration that he finds from different things and events. For example, he says dogs inspire him a lot. Other than that, Bischof considers hate, war, and love equally inspirational. He has also based some of his work on the motivation that good and evil, as well as beauty, provide him. What is more, this Swiss artist is also quick to point out that science, intelligence, and cosmetology inspire him to start digitally manipulating different stuff all in the name of art. Other than that, his inspiration also comes from people, who include Dieter Roth, Raymond Pettibon, Martin Kippenberger and Julian Schnabel.

Beni Bischof - Handicapped Cars

Beni Bischof – Handicapped Cars

Beni Bischof - Handicapped Cars

Beni Bischof – Handicapped Cars

Routines are Boring

As you examine Beni Bischof’s Handicapped Cars, you will see an artist who is doing everything to avoid coming up with boring work. He cites this on his hatred for daily life, which he lists as “boring.” The strange cars he creates, offer him an escape out of what would be a boring and dull life. Without a doubt, his love for cosmetology explains the alien-like cars that have made him a household name in the world of contemporary art. Repeatedly, he says that he uses plenty of humor in art, which may not sit well with some of his fellow contemporary artists.

Beni Bischof - Handicapped Cars

Beni Bischof – Handicapped Cars

Beni Bischof – ohne Titel, from Handicapped Cars series, 2014

Beni Bischof – ohne Titel, from Handicapped Cars, 2014

The future of driving?

In all likelihood, Beni Bischof imagines the future of the motor industry. His work might just be a prelude of what’s to come in the next 50 or so years. If that happens, then we may owe the achievement to Bischof’s creativity. However, what is clear from all this is the fact he’s an established contemporary artist. Secondly, his work is impossible to ignore for whatever reason. It’s intriguing and dynamic. His work is also profound yet simplistic. For these reasons, you should not think twice about attending any of his shows to see Handicapped Cars.

Beni Bischof – ohne Titel, from Handicapped Cars series, 2014

Beni Bischof – ohne Titel, from Handicapped Cars, 2014

Beni Bischof – ohne Titel, from Handicapped Cars series, 2010/2011

Beni Bischof – ohne Titel, from Handicapped Cars, 2010/2011

About Beni Bischof

Born 1976, Beni Bischof lives and works in St. Gallen. It all started when he began publishing laser-copied artists’ magazines in 2005 as an independent means of distributing his drawings, collages and texts. The speed of production suited his impetuous, prolific output. It was not long before he found an additional, three-dimensional outlet for his obsessions by adding sculpture, painting and installations to his repertoire. Often using everyday objects, Bischof creates bizarre objects whose coherence he reinforces with plaster and paint. He applies similar techniques of combining, reassembling and reworking images appropriated from fashion magazines, trivial literature, LP covers, and the like, overpainting them and modifying them digitally or even mechanically.

Beni Bischof – ohne Titel, from Handicapped Cars series, 2010/2011

Beni Bischof – ohne Titel, from Handicapped Cars, 2010/2011

Beni Bischof - Handicapped Cars

Beni Bischof – Handicapped Cars

All images by Beni Bischof/benibischof.ch unless otherwise noted.

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