The living sculptures by Dallas-based artist Dan Lam create the illusion that they are organic materials in motion. In fact, they are imaginations made from rigid polyurethane foam covered with brightly colored acrylic paints and resins. Lam’s work embodies contrasts; inside, she unexpectedly combines complementary colors, halting movement and defying expectations. Whether through their tactile forms or new forays into projection mapping, Lam presents more than gestural work, but inventions with personality.
It is a desire to discover that led her to take on an art car commission from Genesis to collaborate with two other artists on creating work inspired by their G70 car. “At first I was like, ‘Oh, I don’t know, I don’t do digital art.’ I was not sure. But I love the unexpected. I feel like it’s a way to think outside the box – to get out of my comfort zone. I don’t usually work with cars. I don’t work digitally. But these are more challenges than problems. So I went on my way. “
Lam was drawn to the “little unexpected elements of the car” – the air vents, the ambient noise options. But when I drove the car, the inspiration really came. Driving the car was really nice. I really enjoyed it. I felt like I was traveling with the Genesis G70. “
For her digital art concept, Lam teamed up with designer Stephen Judge to bring her vision to the outside world. “I have a look inside the car, with the windows and everything. And my idea is to merge the sky with the vehicle. It represents the feeling of driving and being part of your surroundings. “
When I was driving the car, the inspiration really came.
Lam has been making art since she was a child. “I’ve always worked with my hands. I was very skilled. I saw things I wanted to change and then I did. Then by the time I got into high school, I realized I could do art as a career. ”In college, she started graphic design, but it didn’t really fit in the end. From drawing and painting to her sculpting studio, Lam was looking for a distinctive style.
“You could take one of my works today and put it right next to something I painted 10 years ago and you could definitely see my imagery evolving,” she says. “It’s something that I’m constantly trying to refine – but I feel like everything is connected.”
“As an artist, I always try to grow and push myself and leave my comfort zone,” she explains the way to her style. “Because I think that’s what leads you to your voice. If you keep putting pressure on and trying to go deeper into something, then your work starts to become unique. “
Their forms are indicators – both warning signs and tempting beings. “People come into the studio and ask, ‘Can I touch this sculpture?’ It’s so interesting because when you go to a gallery or a museum and look at art, you can’t touch anything. The fact that people are interested in touching my work, I think there’s something cool about that. When you make art it is very secluded, you are alone. But then, when people react like that, that’s another step in the process. “
Lam attributes part of this attraction to their shapes and colors, but also to the power of nature. “It’s the best artist. I find everything that attracts us in nature. It is there. That’s because we are with nature – we are nature. ”Although its drops attract, it also creates spikes to keep them from touching. it is another dualism of their work.
“When I grapple with opposing ideas,” she concludes, “there is a lot of space between the bookends. There is so much to discover. New things arise from this space – and I think maybe that’s why people are so drawn to my work. It touches things that they are familiar with, but in a way that has not been explored that often. “
Check out the other Art Car-Drops by Michael Kozlowski here and Sebastian Errazuriz here. Learn more about the Genesis G70 and all three artists here.
Genesis G70 pre-production model with optional functions shown. Available from summer 2021.