These tractor paintings were made in 1988. I was just admitted at the Royal Academy of Arts in Ghent (Belgium). My studio was a room under a roof in a small house. The ‘tractor’ was first made with old, rusty pieces of metal lying around. Then I used a projector and made its shadow ‘move’ on the wall. What I painted were the shadows of the object I made. The paint? Impossible to say, since I had the habit of throwing together all kinds of very different inks and paints.
The character on the tractor was supposed to be like the typical figures you can find on the hood of luxurious cars. The driver of the tractor was a cast in lead taken from a plastic ‘Action man’. I remember it exploding when the hot metal touched the cold water. Magical moments!
One is actually a lithography. I only made an edition of … one. And I used real gold (powder) to print it.
The paintings were exhibited in 1988 together with the works by 8 other students all living in the same street. I had the silly idea to frame them together in a large golden frame.