Detroit-based visual artist Bethany Shorb’s “Supplemental Restraint System” is born from classic American and vintage European sports car parts harvested from wrecked vehicles. Her work is tightly wrapped in an outer skin made exclusively from previously deployed airbags, beaded and sutured back together forming another protective barrier in an imagined automotive crash narrative, then further fetishized in glass scientific vitrines. Also included in the show are neon and automotive emblem text assemblages as obsessive tropes on car-culture.
Holding an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, New York area native Bethany Shorb has dabbled and excelled in disciplines ranging from sculpture, to fashion and graphic design, to photography, to multimedia and music. She has performed around the country as Toybreaker and as half of DethLab. As founder of Cyberoptix, she has designed a vast catalog of innovative couture, including the costumes for Skinny Puppy’s 2004 world tour. Some of the more complex, custom made ties are made with deconstructed vintage, recycled or other environmentally sustainable materials. Her work has been featured in various design blogs and print publications such as The New York Times Style Magazine, Details, Fiberarts, Bust, BPM, Adorn, and Industrial Nation.