FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dustin Shuler Targets Transportation
November 6 December 17, 2004
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 6, 5-8 p.m .
Cal State Fullerton Main Art Gallery
Visual Arts Center • California State University, Fullerton
800 North State College Blvd., Fullerton, CA
Contacts, Marilyn Moore, Art Gallery Office at (714) 278-7750
Elizabeth Champion, College of the Arts at (714) 278-2434
714-278-3262, fax 714-278-2390
Web site, <http://www.arts.fullerton.edu/events>
Gallery hours, 12 - 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday & 12-2 p.m. Saturdays; closed November 23-27 for Fall Recess
Dustin Shuler, "Spindle," 1989.
Through a series of monumental public art projects and commissions, California artist Dustin Shuler has lifted the auto out of its ordinary context to question its priority and importance in our daily lives. The exhibition, Dustin Shuler Targets Transportation, documents this body of work through drawings, photographs, models and sculptures.
Shuler is best known for skewering a 1959 Cadillac with a two ton, twenty-foot nail at California State University, Dominguez Hills (“Death of an Era,” 1980). He went on to "skinning" cars, treating the sheet metal like animal hides and hanging them on walls as pelts. “California Carwash,” part of the Cal State Fullerton outdoor sculpture collection, consists of a one-quarter scale Volkswagen bug strung between two steel cutout palm trees.
Dustin Shuler was born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1948. He has been exhibiting since 1977 has had numerous solo exhibitions. Some of his public projects and commissions include: “Albatross V” at the Santa Barbara Airport; Pinned: “Aircraft As Butterfly” at the American Hotel, Los Angeles; “Death of an Era,” California State University, Dominguez Hills and the infamous “Spindle” at Cermak Plaza, Berwyn, Illinois. His work has been reviewed and featured in both national and international publications: Sculpture Magazine, National Geographic Magazine, Stern Magazine, LA Reader, Harper's Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Artweek, Los Angeles Times, and People Magazine.