Top, James Wines, Ghost Parking Lot, Hamden, CT 1978. Via. Bottom, scanned plates through torn tissue. Throughout Photography: Its History, Processes, Apparatus, and Materials by Alfred Brothers (1899). Original from the New York Public Library. Digitized May 12, 2008. Via.
The notion was that these cars exist as part of every asphalt parking lot. So we combined them in a way that’s very archeological. They keep repairing it. I wish they’d just let the cars disintegrate because that process would have its own beauty. The first wave of concrete and asphalt was sprayed over them in one homogenized sweep. When you start repairing them, it looks like patch work.
James Wines interviewed by Stanley Moss for BOMB, Spring 1991.
See also, This is the car at the edge of the road, There’s nothing disturbed, all the windows are closed, I guess you were right, when we talked in the heat, There’s no room for the weak, no room for the weak. Joy Division, 11th January 1980, Live at Paradiso, Amsterdam.
My hometown, in case you ever wonder how I got this way.
The really interesting thing is that they still have classic car shows in this parking lot, seemingly every weekend of the summer. Pristine machines are paraded down what amounts to Main St. and stationed in spaces to be looked over. They tore up the sculptures years ago, though.