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Conceptual Sculptures by Dario Escobar Reflect the Product Displays of Popular Sporting Goods

August 9, 2018

Andrew LaSane

Untitled (2016), Ed. 1/4 A/P Wood, urethane, grip tape, steel, gold plating, 15.7 x 9 x 3.7 inches. Photo credit: The Lapis Press, courtesy of the artist and Nils Stærk Gallery

Unlike Guatemalan conceptual artist Darío Escobar, most people who pass through the sporting goods section of a store would not pause to consider the accumulation of mass-produced industrial objects like soccer balls and the cultural value that they gain via those who consume them. Escobar’s sculptural works make use of balls that have had their patches removed and resewn inside out, bats that have been broken and configured to form skylines, and skateboards that have been cut into pieces and reformed using gold hinges.

“My work starts from a reflection about the industrial object, sculptures created with soccer balls, skateboards, baseball bats, etc.,” the artist said in a statement, adding that his work is about the “persistent thinking of identical objects in a sculptural operation; a new configuration of an element repeated obsessively, such as when showing a product in supermarkets or sports stores.”

Escobar says that he is inspired by the way that objects like soccer balls are collected and displayed in an attempt to make them more appealing to consumers. “The artwork also tells us about the accumulation not from the perspective of the soccer balls’ ready-made individuality but from the amassing of merchandise as raw material for contemporary sculpture,” he said. In an interview with Reigning Champ, Escobar said that his manipulation of the objects is a way to “change the angle of view” and gain a new perspective. At larger retailers, balls are displayed at or below eye-level in individual packaging that elevate the intrigue of the product, while Escobar’s sculptures place them high above the viewer and bunch them together so that each ball is like the last. The works turn these merchandise displays on their head, creating unique ways to observe the construction of the sporting good object and its connection to the world at large.

To see more of Escobar’s conceptual sculptures using ready-made objects, check out his website.

Untitled (2016), Ed. 1/4 A/P Wood, urethane, grip tape, steel, gold plating, 15.7 x 9 x 3.7 inches. Photo Credit: The Lapis Press, courtesy of the artist and Nils Stærk Gallery.

Untitled [Skateboard] (2011), wood, urethane, paint, stainless steel, 75 x 45 x 0.75 in. Photo courtesy of the artist and Josée Bienvenu Gallery

“Bicho raro No. 1” (2011), urethane, steel, 9.4 x 13.7 x 7.5 inches. Photo credit: Felipe Censi, courtesy of the artist and Nils Stærk Gallery

“Cool” (2000), wood, urethane, steel, plastic and stainless steel, 9 7/8 x 30 5/16 x 5 1/8 inches. Photo Credit: Gustavo Sapón, courtesy of the artist and Nils Stærk Gallery

“Obverse & reverse XIV” detail (2013), latex, leather, string and steel, 138 x 78 x 78 inches. Photo credit: Mads Fredrik, courtesy of the artist and Nils Stærk Gallery

“Obverse & reverse XIV”  installation view (2013), latex, leather, string, steel,138 x 78 x 78 inches. Photo credit: Mads Fredrik, courtesy of the artist and Nils Stærk Gallery

“Untitled No. 1” (2015), wood, rubber, 13.6 x 53 x 12 inches. Photo credit: Gustavo Sapón, courtesy of the artist and Nils Stærk Gallery

“Obverse & Reverse” (2016-2017), leather, latex, 18 karat gold leaf, polyurethane, steel. 4 clouds: 30 modules with 50 soccer balls in each module; 2 gold 18k gold leaf and black modules, 4 red and white-gray modules, 14 white-gray and black modules, 10 black and white-gray modules. A total of 1,500 soccer balls. Mercedez Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia. Photo courtesy of the artist and Josée Bienvenu Gallery

“Obverse & Reverse (Black, white, red and gold)” (2016), leather, string, pigments, stainless steel, polyestyrene, gold leaf,177 x 354 x 157 inches. Photo credit: Justin Chan, courtesy of the artist and Nils Stærk Gallery

“Obverse & Reverse (Black, white, red and gold)” (2016), leather, string, pigments, stainless steel, polyestyrene, gold leaf. 177 x 354 x 157 inches. Photo credit: Justin Chan, courtesy of the artist and Nils Stærk Gallery

“Obverse & Reverse” (2010), latex, leather, string, 157 x 236 x 157 cm. Photo credit: Isaac Martínez, courtesy of the artist and Nils Stærk Gallery

“Obverse & Reverse” detail. Photo credit: Isaac Martínez, courtesy of the artist and Nils Stærk Gallery

“Paisaje Urbano (Detroit)” [Urban Landscape (Detroit)] (2018), serigraphed wood 115 x 152.5 x 39.5 inches. Photo credit: Gustavo Sapón, courtesy of the artist and Nils Stærk Gallery

“Paisaje Urbano (Detroit)” [Urban Landscape (Detroit)] (2018), serigraphed wood 115 x 152.5 x 39.5 inches. Photo credit: Gustavo Sapón, courtesy of the artist and Nils Stærk Gallery

 

 



Art

A 10,000 Square Foot Ball Pit Situated Within a National Museum Lets Visitors Experience the Beach Indoors

July 7, 2015

Kate Sierzputowski

All images by Noah Kalina

All images by Noah Kalina

Brooklyn-based experimental studio Snarkitecture is bringing the ocean indoors, transforming water and waves into nearly one million recyclable translucent plastic balls. Covering 10,000 square feet of the National Building Museum in Washington D.C., the interactive installation titled “The BEACH” will include white beach chairs and umbrellas to simulate seaside vibes, while maintaining the monochrome feel that Snarkitecture has become known for.

Snarkitecture primarily works within the space between art and architecture, blending experience and design. The collaborative firm was started by Alex Mustonen and Daniel Arsham and they explain that their focus is “on the viewer’s experience and memory, creating moments of wonder and interaction that allow people to engage directly with their surrounding environment.”

A unique experience is achieved in their latest installation, the museum inviting visitors to wade within the sea of plastic spheres, relax in one of the many chairs at the “shore’s edge,” and grab drinks at the snack bar. You can visit The BEACH through September 7 or visit it virtually with the museum’s live stream.

All included images are by Noah Kalina, more of his work can be seen here. (via designboom)

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Art Design

A Huge Collection of Embroidered Temari Spheres by an 88-Year-Old Grandmother

December 17, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Temari balls are a form of folk art that originated in China and were introduced to Japan in the 7th century. The carefully hand-embroidered balls often made from the thread of old kimonos were created by parents or grandparents and given to children on New Year’s day as special gift. According to Wikipedia the balls would sometimes contain secret handwritten wish for the child, or else contained some kind of noise-making object like a bell.

Flickr user NanaAkua photographed this amazing collection of geometric spheres created by her 88-year-old grandmother who began to master the art in her 60s. She has since created hundreds of them, nearly 500 of which you can see right here. (via DDN Japan)

 

 



Photography

A Logaritmical Spiral Appears Around a Wet Tennis Ball Photographed by Arvin Rahimzadeh

July 15, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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This is a great high speed capture by photographer Arvin Rahimzadeh who snapped a photo of this spinning, water-soaked tennis ball that exemplifies the geometry behind a golden Logaritmical spiral. Neat!

 

 



Art

Suspended Bouncy Ball Installation by Nike Savvas

March 25, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Atomic: Full of Love, Full of Wonder was a 2005 installation by artist Nike Savvas at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in Melbourne. The piece involved an immense array of suspended bouncy balls creating a dense field of color in the gallery space that was gently moved in waves by a nearby fan. How fun would it have been to walk through this? Savvas most recently exhibited a series of complex geometric thread installations at Breenspace. (via job’s wife)

 

 



Art

2,000 Suspended Tennis Balls Appear to Bounce Through Mustang Art Gallery

March 2, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Spanish visual artist Ana Soler is known for working with a multitude of objects from dangling hundreds of pairs of scissors or spoons, to creating dense clouds of string, coins, and paper cranes. In her most recent work, Causa-Efecto (Cause & Effect), she hung 2,000 tennis balls in spaces throughout the Mustang Art Gallery in Alicante, Spain. The balls are carefully aligned in suspended trajectories that appear to bounce off walls, floors, and other surfaces providing an uncanny sense of motion similar to a photograph taken with a strobe light. See much more on Soler’s fancy Flash website. (via collabcubed)

 

 

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