The art-motorsport union has been alive since the dawn of motoring. Without mentioning the outbursts of futurism and the currents that saw technological development as inscribed in the expressive field, the vehicle itself has often become an active surface of the artistic process.
We analyze in this series the examples that populate this pathway.
In 2019 Ligier celebrated its 50th anniversary, and on the occasion of the 87th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans it decided to mark the occasion with a special car.
The challenge was to paint a JS P4 prototype using only the time of the race, which is precisely 24 hours. Owner of the undertaking was French artist Nairone Defives, one of the leading contemporary exponents of the black-and-white technique. The Parisian artist took the gamble, arriving at the fateful date with already several sketches and drafts. Having collaborated with brands such as Adidas, Vans, Puma, Eristoff, Sennheiser and Paris Saint Germain, making a work in a single turn of the clock represented something unexplored for him.
He was able to measure up to the futuristic forms of the two-seater thanks to a scale model delivered directly to his studio. On Wednesday, June 12, and Thursday, June 13, in conjunction with the test sessions, he prepared the "base" by painting the entire carbon shell white, effectively turning it into a real canvas.
On Saturday at 3 p.m. the green light went on for both the cars on the track and Nairone. His idea was to pursue a kind of synthesis between the history of the stable and the very concept of speed. It is no coincidence that the JS P4 features more elements and lines in the front and then becomes more pronounced and essential in the rear section. A stratagem that helps to give a kind of movement to the vehicle even when stationary.
Defives' live performance enlivened the central area of the kermesse village, and many spectators over the 24-hour period stopped by to browse and follow the artist's artistry.
With the help of a single obviously black paintbrush, the transalpine creative created a decidedly unique work that was exhibited at the next Classic Days, also on the Circuit de la Sarthe.
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