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Barry X Ball: Portraits and Photos
by 100 Tonson Gallery
Location: 100 Tonson Gallery
Artist(s): Barry X BALL
Date: 15 Jan - 29 Mar 2015

100 Tonson Gallery presents a solo exhibition, “Barry X Ball: Portraits and Photos”, by the American sculptor, Barry X Ball. This will be the first show of the artist’s work in Southeast Asia. The exhibition features a dual-portrait of the artist and his well-known contemporary, Matthew Barney, realized in translucent, richly-colored Mexican onyx. The concentrated Janusian figure, suffused with delicate relief carving and impaled on a 24K gold-plated stainless steel javelin, is suspended via a delicate cable-funnel network as the central element of a complex room-encompassing installation. Accompanying this work is a comprehensive selection of images from the artist’s two new photo series, the Ca’ Rezzonico (Venice) and Palazzo Mansi (Lucca) suites. These sumptuous images, the artist’s first photo works, are based on installations of his stone sculptures in palatial Italian settings.

Barry X Ball is an internationally renowned contemporary sculptor. Through the use of unconventional stones and methods, he has reinvigorated the age-old tradition of figurative stone sculpture. Ball employs a complex array of equipment and procedures to realize his works, ranging from the cutting edge to the traditional, from 3-dimensional digital scanning, virtual modeling, and computer-controlled milling to hyper-detailed hand carving and polishing. The sculptures’ complexity is echoed in their clinically poetic titles. With their simultaneous fever-pitch intensity and surreal stillness, Barry X Ball’s bravura works make an expansive case for the reconsideration of contemporary sculptural practice. Although paying reverent homage to their historical antecedents, they are completely new.

Barry X Ball was born in 1955 in Pasadena, California and lives and works in New York. His work is represented in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), The Norton Museum of Art (Palm Beach), The Maramotti Collection (Reggio Emilia, Italy), Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, The Berlingieri Collection (Italy), The Olbricht Collection (Berlin), and The Panza Collection (Italy), among many others.

Ball’s work has been widely exhibited in museums, galleries, art fairs, and festivals around the world. Solo museum exhibitions of his art have been held at Ca’ Rezzonico as part of the Venice Biennale (2011), SITE Santa Fe in New Mexico (2007), MOMA-PS1 in New York (2004), Le Printemps de Septembre in Toulouse, France (2004), Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall in Sweden (1993), and Domaine de Kerguéhennec in Brittany, France (1990).


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