The artist had his car - a 1999 Volkswagen Passat with a diesel engine - scrapped. The car was a symbol of the working class of the times of political transformation; described as a 'boring but sturdy car', it is still found in smaller towns and cities. It is banned from most European capitals due to emissions standards. The artist made a 1:1 brass cast of the diesel fuel tank, which corresponds to the weight of the coins received for scrapping the car. The components that make up the car's tank look like human internal organs. The title of the work – 405973 km – is the mileage of the car as recorded on the day it was scrapped.
Mateusz Choróbski creates installations, sculptures, videos and performances. The artist's productions are characterised by his ability to observe closely the surrounding reality and translate its selected aspects into visual compositions that escape traditional approaches. The artist draws on a wide iconographic and conceptual repertoire, often taking inspiration from the everyday, using everyday objects and natural materials. Space, and issues of its physical and mental perception, play the most important role in Choróbski's explorations. He is a graduate of the University of Fine Arts in Poznań and the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. He has been exhibiting in Poland and abroad since 2013. The artist's works can be found in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw.
Rok powstania: 2022
melted one-grosz coins
Courtesy of the Artist