In 2007, Cedric Christie bought 12 cars and invited 11 friends to drive across Europe with him to a series of art fairs, including documenta, which takes place every five years.
Christie re-sprayed the cars and decorated each one with a documenta year, the curator’s name, and decals of artists exhibiting that year.
The drive was an exciting experience for them, especially as no-one actually had a map. “We had the ultimate boys’ trip…it was just heaven,” Christie happily recounts.
After returning from the trip, storing 12 cars posed a slight space issue - so Christie had them crushed, transforming six of them into sculptures. Pink Painting represents the controversial documenta 4 (1968) when exhibitors included Hockney and Beuys.
Hedge, issue 35, June 2015, pp78-84