Thursday, October 05, 2006

On Aesthetics: Highway to Heaven

There is an angular volume to the styling of some of the new sedans that I find quite curious. They're bulk has an impenetrable presence, a cold formalism that is harder than the stately elegance of the sedans of the past.



They don't address you with the same "Putting on the Ritz" showiness of a Lincoln Town Car. They have a menace, like a rapper posturing in a video, a hard glare that sizes you down.

These cars would not stop and apologize if they struck you and no one is going to roll down a window and beg your pardon for some Grey Poupon.



I suspect that this is in part the styling of SUVs spilling over and influencing models in other categories.

There is something more though. The styling scratches at a point of reference that took me a while to put my finger on. The wide planar bevels along the lines of the body, the blunted, box-like rear ends and the high-gloss look of the finish come together and remind me of... modern aluminum funeral caskets. The angular lozenge form is that of a coffin. Maybe a more appropriate term, one that captures the cold, deathly quality, is sarcophagus.

1 comment:

NY'erguy said...

Tom-

Just checking in. Great stuff as usual. Just thought as a side note that I would identify the second photograph of the 300C.

Back in DEEETROIT art school...they called that kind of car photo perspective, "American Violence". Heaps of motion, surprise, (not much description)...all attitude.

YEAH BABY! (WRIF)