Steve Carr

Burn Out

Artwork Detail

Steve Carr works across a range of media, from performance to blown glass, photography and film. His works often combine a high degree of technical and aesthetic refinement with references to mainstream culture. Burn Out continues a long-running trend in Carr’s practice to tap into the predominantly male youth cultures of boy racers, bogans and heavy metal.

Representing a return to Carr’s southern roots, Burn Out is an ode to the South Island bogan: ‘That romantic bogan who listened to Guns ‘n’ Roses but also read Richard Bach’s Jonathan Livingston Seagull and played chess. That is very much a South Island bogan.’

Burn Out pairs a landscape recalling the art historical Romantic Sublime with the mechanical cacophany of the suburban boy racer. Carr’s static camera and carefully composed shot emphasise the ‘painting-like’ nature of the scene as smoke billowing from the ute’s tyres gradually obscures the bush-clad hills. As in earlier works from his Boganne series, 2000, consisting of images based on heavy rock album covers, or Air Guitar, 2001, a film of the dry ice-wreathed artist engaged in the rapturous contortions of an air guitar epic, Carr both celebrates and satirizes bogan culture.

Burn Out
Steve Carr
Production date
16mm film transferred to video, single channel, standard definition (SD), colour, silent
4min 53sec
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2011
Accession no
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New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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