BERKELEY BESPOKE had the pleasure to meet Jeff Koons at the Vip opening in Beverly Hills.
Los Angeles, April 2017
Gazing Ball (Farnese Hercules) by Jeff Koons
Travelling across the ocean to attend a VIP opening exhibition of the incredible Jeff Koons, what could be better than that?
Making use of conceptual constructs including the ancient, the every day, and the sublime, Koons creates luxurious icons and elaborate tableaux, which, beneath their captivating exteriors, engage the viewer in a metaphysical dialogue with cultural history.
The Celebration sculptures—as well as later works that expand upon their visual dialogue—made with mirror-polished stainless steel in layers of transparent color coating, epitomize Koons’s ongoing fascination with childlike consciousness and communication.
Sacred Heart (Blue/Magenta) (1994–2007) magnifies the excitement of receiving a lavishly wrapped gift, and Balloon Rabbit (Magenta) (2005–10) transforms a balloon animal into a towering wonder of reflective curves. Mirror-polished voids swell to a giant scale, their converging twists and contours drawing the gaze into multiple vanishing points.
The sculptures conflate the readymade and the monumental, transforming humble objects into abstract symbols of transcendence and the biological, reflecting and affirming viewers and their environments.
“I like to think that when you leave the room, the art leaves the room. Art is about your own possibilities as a human being. It’s about your own excitement, your own potential, and what you can become. It affirms your existence.”
Gazing Ball (David Intervention of the Sabine Women) by Jeff Koons
Arina Sprynz and Jeff Koons