The Porsche Panamera cut into four pieces like a cake testifies a sacrificial gesture imposed unpon a mass-produced luxury object elevated onto the alter of art. Yngve Holen set out to work with a Porsche Panamera, which is promoted as a hybrid between a family and a sports car and, because of this, is unique in its kind.
After pursuing research into its origin, design and industrial background, Yngve Holen
, whose practice often deals with industrial design and its applications, intervened on this object drastically, but with much care. He cut the car into four parts with a diamond cutter and presented them from the inside-out, thus rendering their “guts” visible to the public. Thought this act, he points directly to the car’s design and capacities, but perhaps also to its flaws. The artist ultimately questions whether notions of speed and security can ever meet.
Cake was festured at Kunsthalle Basel during the exhibition VERTICALSEAT
from May 12 to August 14, 2016.
Karl Storms (cutting expert)
Jan Van Gils et Stefano Bernier (supplier and technical support for the cutting)
Stéphane Tombeur (locksmith)
Patrick Ferragne et Mathilde Protot de Art Project (installation)
Kyle Joseph et Matthew Evans (artist's assistants)