PIPPA GARNER: Don’t Fight the Wheel
KEN AND DAYLE ROATH GALLERY
Throughout a storied 50-year career as an inventor, illustrator, performer, author, and art-maker, Pippa Garner has taken a gimlet eye to American consumer culture, especially the automobile. Drawing has remained a central medium for her practice. With little more than pencil, paper, and maybe the occasional eraser, she engineers playful models for living, thinking, and being in a world full of dashboards, driveways, and traffic jams. As we enter an increasingly digital automotive future, her explorations of every inch of the automobile and automotive culture are especially poignant. And her wit helps us reconsider how the car enables us to relate to one another — and even to ourselves.
Ever the tinkerer, Garner trained at Art Center’s prestigious Transportation Design program, served in Vietnam, and then returned to American soil to think our culture’s commodities anew. Garner’s work has been exhibited at MoCA, the Whitney, and London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. Her sculptures, drawings, and performances have been collected by numerous institutions, including SFMoMA. Garner lives and works in Long Beach, California.
“Pippa Garner: Don’t Fight the Wheel,” which will consist of 15 drawings, most of which were featured on the “Last Page” of Car & Driver between the late 1990s and early 2000s. This is the first museum exhibit to focus on Garner’s works on paper. It builds on the Petersen’s recent offerings at the intersection of automobiles and fine art, including The High Art of Riding Low (currently on view), The Art of Bugatti (currently on view), and The Unconventional Canvases of Keith Haring (2016-2017).