© Nicolai HowaltNicolai Howalt's new series, Car Crash Studies, is a brutal survey of the violent allure of the automobile. The images speak to our dark romance with car chases, joy rides, and drag races. They are abstruse evidence of the ever present danger that draws you close during the "Chicken Race" scene in Rebel Without a Cause and carries the tension throughout Two-Lane Blacktop.
The reality behind these wrecks is probably more mundane and genuinely tragic than a Hollywood script, but Nicolai renders these images with an abstraction that allows us write our own ending.
If you are in Copenhagen you can see Nicolai's Car Crash Studies at Martin Asbæk Gallery beginning February 20.