Just imagine, You've walked into a gallery space and all the crates are still there, half open with their contents spilling out, shipping labels left on. You can see where the art has been and where it's going to next. Would that make you appreciate its value less or more?
Is art no more than a commodity in today's society?
Balloon Dog is an appropriation of Jeff Koons' Balloon Dog (1994 - 2000).
Working with sculpture, installation, and video, I explore the commodification of art, value and the art market. By using inexpensive materials such as balloons and spray paint, I've juxtaposed the unbreakable and intimidating sculpture of Koons' Balloon Dog. The ephemeral materials allow the viewer to witness the deflation of the work over time, and in turn reveal unique details within the surface.
Originally produced for the Apex Exhibition 2016, this was also exhibited at Unit London Gallery as part of the 2016 HIX Award (see Balloon Dog II).
Balloon Dog (2016), Mixed media Installation, (Chipboard, Twisting Balloons, Spray Paint, Shipping Labels), H: 218cm x W: 275cm x L: 407cm