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V-8 Universe

2003
19 1/2 x 22 x 17 1/4 in. (49.5 x 55.9 x 43.8 cm)

David Regan
American

Object Type: Sculpture
Medium and Support: Porcelain
Credit Line: Maurice R. and Maxine B. Forman Fund
Accession Number: 2004.11a-c
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Location: Not currently on view

In V-8 Universe a soup tureen in the shape of an engine sits on a tire-rim-shaped base. Regan incorporates the domestic, the technological, and the religious in a comical mechanic’s version of the three levels of Dante’s Inferno: heaven, purgatory, and hell. The tureen lid, an air-filter housing, is an angel-filled heaven that turns around a god-like light source emitted by a wing nut. Below, the spark plugs illuminate a medieval cathedral (a mechanic’s idea of purgatory?) peopled by planets, saints, and monks carrying car parts. In hell, an endless traffic jam is fueled by the road rage of skeletons.

[label text for Modern Icon: The Machine As Subject in American Art exhibition, February 3 – March 6, 2012]

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Signed by the artist, in white glaze: Regan 2003

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