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At Salon 94, The East German Trabant Gets a Stretch in Liz Cohen's Trabantimino

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Uploaded on Oct 8, 2010

Trabantimino, eight years in the making and completed just one hour before its October 7 opening at Salon 94, displays bravura mechanics, a whiff of nostalgia and a sense of humour. Liz Cohen took to task three aspects of car culture: ownership, fabrication and marketing. Combining design features of two defunct models that represent different cultures-- the East German Trabant and the Chevy El Camino truck--Cohen learned mechanical engineering from mentors at World Wide Customs, Oakland; Elwood Bodyworks, Scottsdale, Arizona; and Kustom Creations, Detroit. In a parody of marketing protocol , Cohen doubled up as pin-up girl, striking humorous poses for automotive shows.
The current exhibit, which marks the reopening of Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn's Salon 94 at 243 Bowery, includes a wall of b& w photographs of tools used to make the hybrid vehicle, and pin-up prints and ephemera. This minidoc was filmed and edited by Liza Béar at the opening and on the following day.

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