OpenRoad Driver Volume 15 Issue 1 - Page 91

Volume 15 Issue 1 » 91 C U STO M WO R K Kitbashing W I T H K I M ADAM S by Will Fong » Kim Adams has established himself as one of Canada’s leading contemporary sculptors. He works in miniature and large-scale forms, creating new worlds and new objects through kitbashing. He often explores the interplay between reality and the absurd; all with social meaning and all through the use of everday and repurposed objects such as the many cars that he chops and cross breeds. From the 1/24 scale plastic Beetle (2002) to Artist’s Colony (2012) and its intensely populated and dense miniature world, to Don’t Look Back (2007) that spans 100’ across drywall, there are few boundaries for Adams. Certainly none in one of his defining pieces, the Bruegel-Bosch Bus at the Art Gallery of Hamilton. The installation has been ongoing since 1997. “It’s more like I feed that piece in Hamilton,” says Adams. He feeds his bus and expands the installation as often as he can every year, a sort of lifelong love affair that has no limits. Asked when he’ll stop, he simply laughs, “When I die.” Bruegel-Bosch Bus, 1997 - ongoing Photo by Toni Hafkenscheid It’s tempting to look at the Bruegel-Bosch Bus as Adams’ defining masterpiece: a work in process at twenty years and counting, the kitbashed models and dioramas, the duality of reality and unreality unfolding around the split-window 1960 Volkswagen van. Half of his years as a sculptor are on full display here, a kind of artist in residence opportunity where he reveals a neverending phantasmagoria, giving us that rarest of real-time insights into his split-window mind.