To Chicago-based artist Patrick Fitzgerald, his sculptures are a means of traveling through time. Working from found materials, Fitzgerald constructs miniature soap box cars and the branded attire of their imagined drivers. Futuristic forms imbued with history, each sculpture is an exercise in imagining the future through the lens of the past – or vice versa.
Born from a fascination with the soap box derby cars of his youth, Fitzgerald builds each car with found materials collected over the years, layered with personal memories and keepsakes from the past. The most minute of details is always intentional – from the weathered finishes to the fictitious industrial sponsors to the miniaturized furnishings of the cramped interiors.
“They may appear as stationary objects, but in my imagination, they travel along a track that is continuous and sometimes complex,” says Fitzgerald, “…like how paths in life can lead you back and forth in time.”
Chipboard, wood, mixed media, acrylic paint, and oil paint.
Car: 13.75"W x 4.5"D x 3.5"H
Stand: 8"W x 3.5"D x 3.25"H