To say that American artist Jeff Koons is one of the most celebrated and successful artists of our day, would be an understatement. Not only has the Pennsylvania-born artist been pushed to the forefront via his individuals works through the years such as Puppy, Celebration series, his BMW Art Car and many, many more, but Koons has maintained a level of longevity and consistent relevance that is perhaps the harder facet of one’s artistic career to maintain. The latest work from Koons – appropriately titled Gazing Ball – is now on display and being housed within New York’s David Zwirner. Gazing Ball represents Koons inaugural exhibition with David Zwirner. While here in New York, we’ve been stooping through a series of galleries and creatives spaces — one of our first stops being Koons’ latest exhibition.
Koons, who often gathers much of his creative inspiration from various elements of contemporary consumer culture and modern everyday life, initiated Gazing Ball out of a retroactive look back at the mirrored spherical ornaments often found in suburban lawns in Koons childhood hometown of Pennsylvania. A relatively simple concept at first, Koons uses the spheres to explore the concept of trascendence while reflecting on the perspective of a phiiosophers gaze on life, mortality and the concept of eternality through form and ideas. Each blue-colored, hand blown gazing ball rests atop a variety of Greco-Roman antique statues that are juxtaposed alongside elements from modern society such as mailboxes and a birdbath. The concept is to present the time-and-date-centric elements of various eras against the gazing balls which seems to slide seamlessly into whichever period-setting they are displayed. Jeff Koons’ Gazing Ball will be on display at David Zwirner through June 29, 2013.
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