OpenRoad Driver Volume 15 Issue 1 - Page 95

Volume 15 Issue 1 » 95 MINI RIDE Austin MINI Cooper roofs, car parts Full scale - 1983 You chopped MINI roofs to create this work. Tell me about the reconfiguration and history of that piece. MINI Ride, 1981 Photo by Mike Lalich KA: In 1979 I wanted to do something for my birthday and so I went to New York for the first time. A friend lived there on the eleventh floor and I kept looking down and I saw all these yellow cabs going by. Their roofs looked like Smarties, like candy tops. They were so smooth. They were beautiful. I came home and went to an auto wrecker and looked at all the roofs. I just started cutting the roofs, bringing them into my apartment and looking at them as shapes and colours and sizes. I had one MINI roof and it was just perfect like a turtle shell. From that point I just kept cutting up nice roofs and trunks just for the shapes and then bashing them together to make bigger shapes. That’s what started it. Then I realized I wanted to get a second MINI roof and put them together as one. I had to wait for a second MINI crash and there were very few on the road at that time, so I had to wait for another original Austin MINI Cooper. I got a call just three days later and he said, “You’ll never believe this, there’s been a crash and the car is a write- off, but the roof is good.” (laughing) So I got a second roof and I cut and trimmed it so they could weld together like a candy shape. You could stand inside and I put wheels on it and made a track for a garbage dump, and we’d travel on it. It became kind of like a very basic amusement ride for mostly homeless people and weekend drinkers, myself included at that period. SURFER RICK Model kits, plastic parts 5” x 6” x 13” - 2001 Surfing comes up in one of your series. Is surfing from your days visiting California? And who’s Rick? Surfer Rick, 2001 Photo by Kim Adams KA: It goes back to Australia. It popped up when I moved to Toronto because the idea of Toronto and surfing was absurd. The windboards are changing that now, but not at that time. When I moved to Toronto, that’s where Surfer Shack came out