Christopher Olszewski

Laramie, Memphis, Tallahassee Automobile Skin _ 2016

Acrylic paint, paint markers, sharpie on vinyl

roughly 24 x 15 feet

Laramie, Memphis, Tallahassee Automobile Skin _ 2016

Acrylic paint, paint markers, sharpie on vinyl

roughly 24 x 15 feet

Laramie, Memphis, Tallahassee Automobile Skin _ 2016

Acrylic paint, paint markers, sharpie on vinyl

roughly 24 x 15 feet

Mobile Skin_2016

Acrylic paint, paint markers, sharpie on vinyl

roughly 24 x 15 feet

Mobile Skin_2016

Acrylic paint, paint markers, sharpie on vinyl

roughly 24 x 15 feet

Mobile Skin_2016 (Detail)

Acrylic paint, paint markers, sharpie on vinyl

roughly 24 x 15 feet

Mobile Skin_2016 (Detail)

Acrylic paint, paint markers, sharpie on vinyl

roughly 24 x 15 feet

“You, Me and The DeVille Makes Three: Mobile Spiritual Renewal Center Project”


I am a Board Certified, Low-Budget Mystic-aka-Mixed Race Messiah traveling through North America in my 1998 Cadillac DeVille. The vehicle is my avatar and exemplifies the spirit of the American Rustbelt and has a direct connection with my father and grandfather. Cadillac is a romantic symbol of American luxury, style and elegance, and the DeVille is one the last remaining vehicles assembled in Detroit (the Motor City), Michigan.


The Mobile Spiritual Renewal Center is self-contained project carried inside the vehicle. The project acts as a soft monument or a mobile message board to connect with the local populations I will encounter throughout my journey.


In recent collaborative projects, I have constructed a Caution Tape Medicine Wheel around the DeVille where people can write messages on strips of colorful fabric. After a few hours, the “Caution Tape” is covered with favorable messages and the Medicine Wheel transforms from a relatively negative message (“caution”) to a positive bulletin board. When the journey is complete, the vinyl car cover(s) and caution tape will serve as the foundation for my visual exploration and used in professional gallery/museum exhibitions.


I encourage each individual with whom I come into contact to decorate, contemplate, make marks, draw, write and/or simply spend time with the project. At the beginning of the trek, the project is a blank canvas, and each mark, sticker, dent and repair serves as a testament to the rich cultural dialog of the journey. This project is the convergence of years of dedicated research into multicultural identity and the positioning of Native American artists in a contemporary context. It is also a means of transitioning my theories about cultural identity into a tangible body of work. 


As a displaced Northerner living in the American South, I am finding connections to my Northern, post-industrial roots and the fragments that have led to the demise of the once-great modern industrial city of Detroit. This project is the fifth installment in my on-going investigation into cultural identity and the ever-changing contemporary landscape.


Thank you for your time and consideration.

Project Vehicle: 1998 Cadillac DeVille

2016/17 Traveling Projects


Caution Tape Medicine Wheel: Mobile Spiritual Renewal Center

Art in Odd Places (AiOP) Orlando, Florida

November 2016

Caution Tape Medicine Wheel: Mobile Spiritual Renewal Center

Art in Odd Places (AiOP) Orlando, Florida

November 2016

Violence is Not The Answer But it Always Works: - Automobile Skin 2016

International Sculpture Center (ISC) Conference Pittsburgh 2016

Caution Tape Medicine Wheel: Mobile Spiritual Renewal Center

Art in Odd Places (AiOP) Orlando, Florida

November 2016

Frankfort-Toledo-New York Automobile Skin: Vision Quest 2016

Displayed at the University of Toledo

Tiger Skin and Caution Tape Medicine Wheel: Mobile Spiritual Renewal Center

2017 Vision Quest

Spring 2017