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Trans-Am Apocalypse No. 2, 1993

John Scott
Canadian, 1950
car with primer and latex paint, incised with text from the Book of Revelations of Saint John the Evangelist, fuzzy dice
1.27 x 1.78 x 5 m
Purchased 1994
National Gallery of Canada (no. 37493)
© John Scott

The artist has carved the Book of Revelation (the Apocalypse) into the muscle car's entire surface in a graffiti-like style, transforming it into a more contemporary mode of transport for the famous Four Horsemen. What more appropriate vehicle for their fearsome mission than a monument to heavy metal and rebellion? Scott's use of the iconic gas-guzzler builds upon his interest in masculine identity and its association with aggression. Cloaked in biblical metaphor, "Trans-Am Apocalypse No. 2" suggests the ultimate consequence.

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