The famous Variety Bash car honoured by Mike Larder in his Carizma exhibit.
The famous Variety Bash car honoured by Mike Larder in his Carizma exhibit.

An artistic tribute to the car

BY ADRIAN MILLER

FOR most people they are just a way to get from A to B, but for some the humble car is a labour of love.

And that devotion is celebrated in a current exhibition at the Grafton Regional Gallery which highlights our devotion to the car.

'Carizma' is primarily an exhibition suited to the car lover and the motoring enthusiast, but Grafton Regional Gallery director Jude McBean said most people would get something from it.

"The exhibition is based around cars and the culture of cars," she said.

"Many artists work using cars as a starting point or use parts of cars to make works, (so) the exhibition explores the icon of the car culture."

One such piece in the exhibition is Mike Larder's 'Little Dingo'.

As a former freelance photographer who covered Variety Club Bashes, Mr Larder came across this icon of the bash scene many years ago and thought its story would translate well for the exhibition.

The 42 year-old racing green Volkswagen has raised nearly $400,000 in various bashes for different organisations.

Mr Larder's display in 'Carizma' is a tribute to Little Dingo and what it has achieved in its bashing history.

"It's just got a heart-warming story, this little bashed up car," he said.

"It's amazing, it's still racing around the outback competing in bashes raising money for little kids."

Mr Larder said he hoped his display would give people the sense of what a Variety Bash car felt like.

"I've recreated what it looks like in the back seat of a bash car," he said.

"I hope it amuses people."

Mr Larder said as an added bonus, 'Little Dingo' would be present during the exhibition, with all its bells and whistles.

"The dog's become famous, it's now legendary. Everybody loves the little dog," he said.

The exhibition began at the Grafton Regional Gallery yesterday and will run until July 3.



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