Take a look at the latest ‘Daytona Vortex’ art featuring the NASCAR star
Jimmie Johnson is a 7-time NASCAR Cup Series champion. In 2006, he grabbed a highlight win of his career as he went to Daytona 500 victory lane.
View the Jimmie Johnson firesuit art below.
15 years later, his winning firesuit has been cut into pieces and transformed into a work of art. Now, it’s set to go on display.
The title of the artwork is “Daytona Vortex“.
Jimmie Johnson comments
Jimmie Johnson tweeted, “E.V. Day did an incredible job transforming my 2006 Daytona 500 winning firesuit into this work of art. It will be on display at the The Mint Museum starting today through June 5, 2022 if you’re in Charlotte and interested in experiencing it in person.”
EV Day comments
E.V. Day is a New York based artist. The 54-year-old specializes in suspension art.
“It celebrates the power and heroism of humankind’s innovation,” Day says. “Tectonically the language of the piece highlights the friction between man and machine — softness of the highly tailored fabric to the rigid structure of the hardware. It may seem that these forces are at odds, but they are interdependent on one another,” Day says.
Jimmie Johnson commissioned the artist to make the piece. He’s still the owner of the suit and the artwork.
Mint Museum comments
“Like Transporter, Daytona Vortex is visually stunning and conceptually powerful as it pushes us to rethink ideas around gender, dress, social interactions, expectations and popular culture,” said Jen Sudul Edwards, PhD, chief curator and curator ofcontemporary art at the Mint. “It’s also a poignant reconsideration of sports heroes like Jimmie Johnson and the tension that must be maintained between the physical and intellectual, assurances and risk, in order to succeed.”
The Mint Museum is in Charlotte, NC. The art is on display in the Uptown location of the Museum until June 5, 2022. The piece can be found in the Gorelick Gallery on Level 3.