Perfect Imperfection: Oppa Update

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The creative process is a mystery. We have no idea what will happen when we sit down at the canvas, or power up the laptop, or step into the spotlight. Human and fallible, our works are always the products of perfect imperfection.

Our best intentions are to execute with exact precision and stick to the end result we envision. But it never works out that way, does it?

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Concepts are perfect in our heads, but the material world remains stubbornly prohibitive. We can’t find a part. Can’t find the words. Distractions oppose us every step of the way. Forced to compromise, we cut a corner, go with plan B, gain a completely fresh perspective that we never saw coming. Before we realize it, we’re in the flow.

Perfect Imperfection

SungsGaragePodcast_Ep18_Oppa_1963Datsun320_Thumbnail2When Sung first purchased Oppa, the 1963 Datsun L320, the intention was simply to use the vintage truck as a prop for his independently produced film. But when the movie project halted indefinitely due to shelter-in-place mandates, Oppa transformed into something else entirely as the shutdown stretched on.

“Because of the lockdown,” Sung says, “I was forced to take something that was just gonna be a prop in the movie and make it into something totally different. A reason to wake up in the morning.”

Sung had no idea that Oppa would end up with black barbecue paint on the hood, chicken wire in the grille, and upholstery made of cardboard.

“When people are out there suffering, it felt wrong to dump a whole bunch of money into this car,” says Sung. “It’s not money that built this car – it was passion.”

Built to Last

SungsGaragePodcast_Ep18_Oppa_1963Datsun320_OpenHood2Oppa is a time capsule. There used to be a time when car makers built their products to last. Today, planned obsolescence is a sound business strategy.

As fate would have it, due to coronavirus, Sung found himself suspended in time with a relic of the past sitting in his garage. Simply by listening, Sung discovered that it was Oppa’s destiny to become an artistic representation of time. A restoration with the aim of enduring time – a work of art that will outlast its restorer.

“Time is our friend,” says Sung. “We don’t have to rush.”

There’s a justification for Oppa’s rust spots, cracks in the paint, and intentional patina. Going against the standard philosophy of almost every restoration project, Oppa epitomizes perfect imperfection.

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