Karbomz! showcase set for Santa Monica Boulevard cruise

Cars painted by artist Kenny Scharf invited to special LA rally event

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This van was painted as part of artist Kenny Scharf's Karbomz! project | Jeffrey Deitch Gallery photos

Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles will be the site for an unusual car show September 26 between 1 and 1:30 p.m. At least we think it’s a car show… or maybe it’s an art show?

Whatever the case, since 2013 artist Kenny Scharf has been working on his Karbomz! project, painting 260 cars to date, 100 of them in Los Angeles. Scharf doesn’t charge for his art-on-automobile art, but this coming Saturday is inviting those car owners to show up for a showcase on Santa Monica Boulevard.

Those cars range “from jalopies to luxury vehicles,” according to the announcement, and the route concludes at the Jeffrey Deitch Gallery where there is an exhibition, Moodz, featuring 250 new circular paintings of faces by Scharf.

“One very important and guiding principle to my work is to reach out beyond the elitist boundaries of fine art and connect to popular culture through my art,” said Scharf, who added, “My personal ambition has always been to live the example.”

And thus, Scharf plans to drive his own vehicle in the rally, which will travel along Santa Monica Boulevard from San Vincente Blvd. to Sycamore Ave.

By the way, in case your car is a candidate for the Karbomz! art, Scharf connects with car owners “on the street in front of his murals, through other drivers, and through Instagram.” 

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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