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360 Speaker Series: Barry X Ball
January 25, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm$10,
Artist Barry X Ball uses innovative technologies and traditional techniques to make work that pushes the physical and conceptual boundaries of sculpture. Ball reinvents conventional sculptural formats and existing art historical landmarks using 3D digital scanning, computer-aided design software and CNC milling machines, in combination with centuries-old craft techniques requiring thousands of hours of detailed handwork.
Open to the public. Free for Members. $10 for non-members (includes museum admission). Free for Students with ID. Complimentary wine reception with RSVP.
Barry X Ball: Remaking Sculpture is the artist’s first solo US museum exhibition. The exhibition features works from the past three decades delving into and providing context for the two main series of that period, the Portraits and the Masterpieces. The Portraits series transforms precise digital scans of carefully tooled plaster casts of his subjects—friends, artists, and art world figures—into strange, evocative sculptures that seem at once ancient and of the digital age. The Masterpieces series takes as its subject works of art history, from the ancient Greek and Roman Sleeping Hermaphrodite (with 17th century marble mattress by Gian Lorenzo Bernini) in the collection of the Louvre to modernist works by Umberto Boccioni and Medardo Rosso. For these, Ball works with the institutions responsible for each work, making high-resolution 3D scans of the original works, donating the raw scans for documentation and conservation purposes, and using them as points of departure for his reinterpretations of the works. The artist digitally flips the composition, so that his work mirrors the original; accentuates, reduces, eliminates, or adds details; and produces the result in exotic stones whose pitting, veining, and translucency suggest a host of new interpretive possibilities.