2018, documentary short
Road Angel, a bronze cast of a 1953 Chevrolet coupe, embodies a range of emotional and nostalgic associations with the American automobile. The artist has placed this three-wheeled car far from any road, resting haphazardly amid the trees, as if the vehicle has careened off its path or the stage were set for a lovers’ tryst. Similarly to Allen’s first outdoor sculpture, Trees, 1986 (part of the Stuart Collection at the University of California, San Diego), Road Angel features an ongoing audio archive: recordings by musicians, artists, and writers emanate as if from the car’s radio at random intervals, recounting songs and oral histories lived in the backseat and behind the wheel.
Directed by Michelle Randolph Faires
Executive produced by Sandy K Boone